Graeme Maxton

Graeme Maxton is a full member and past secretary general of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. His latest book, Change! Why We Need a Radical Turnaround, will be published in 2018. He is the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change, and the sole author of The End of Progress: How Modern Economics Has Failed Us. Both books were international best-sellers. He was previously with The Economist Group in Hong Kong.
Graeme Maxton
Graeme Maxton is a full member and past secretary general of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. His latest book, Change! Why We Need a Radical Turnaround, will be published in 2018. He is the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change, and the sole author of The End of Progress: How Modern Economics Has Failed Us. Both books were international best-sellers. He was previously with The Economist Group in Hong Kong.

Latest from Graeme Maxton

The View | How Hong Kong can put an end to protest chaos – it’s about the economy, so fix the deep divide

Hong Kong is a free market on steroids that serves the rich. As discontent over an unjust system boils over, it’s time to introduce easy policy fixes, starting with targeting oligopolies and better welfare.

5 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM

Hong Kong is a free market on steroids that serves the rich. As discontent over an unjust system boils over, it’s time to introduce easy policy fixes, starting with targeting oligopolies and better welfare.

How Hong Kong can put an end to protest chaos – it’s about the economy, so fix the deep divide
Opinion | The trade war shows China’s economic dream is dying. Beijing now has a choice: open up or stagnate

The US is demanding that China change course and, for all its growth and promises, Beijing is in no position to argue: in tech, it still lags at least 10 years behind the US and doesn’t have the depth of skills to produce its own high-end goods.

11 Jun 2019 - 1:10PM

The US is demanding that China change course and, for all its growth and promises, Beijing is in no position to argue: in tech, it still lags at least 10 years behind the US and doesn’t have the depth of skills to produce its own high-end goods.

The trade war shows China’s economic dream is dying. Beijing now has a choice: open up or stagnate
The View | What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access

American tech companies want to offer cloud services in China so they can gain access to data on Chinese consumers’ preferences. Beijing fears, however, that this allows US firms a way to influence opinions on more controversial subjects.

23 May 2019 - 3:42AM

American tech companies want to offer cloud services in China so they can gain access to data on Chinese consumers’ preferences. Beijing fears, however, that this allows US firms a way to influence opinions on more controversial subjects.

What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access
Why Hong Kong independence should not be discussed at the FCC under the banner of freedom of speech

China, like other nations, has limits on freedom of speech and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club should respect this by keeping independence off the table.

14 Aug 2018 - 12:16PM

China, like other nations, has limits on freedom of speech and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club should respect this by keeping independence off the table.

Why Hong Kong independence should not be discussed at the FCC under the banner of freedom of speech
As China ages, will its economy shrink?
Beijing's white paper reasonably sets out its expectations of Hong Kong

Before we set fire to any more State Council documents, claiming they are little better than toilet paper, or get in a stew about how independent Hong Kong's judiciary is, we should reflect a little on Beijing's latest white paper on "one country, two systems".

16 Jun 2014 - 3:03AM

Before we set fire to any more State Council documents, claiming they are little better than toilet paper, or get in a stew about how independent Hong Kong's judiciary is, we should reflect a little on Beijing's latest white paper on "one country, two systems".

Beijing's white paper reasonably sets out its expectations of Hong Kong
John Tsang: mouse that failed to roar

In the brief moments I spent chatting to him last year before we both spoke at a conference, I think I can say that I liked John Tsang Chun-wah. He seemed a decent sort and well-meaning. Though he spoke in that horribly confusing style that finance ministers around the world seem to prefer, he came across as someone who was trying very hard. He was doing a difficult job, too often constrained by the political tides that dragged him to and fro like driftwood.

27 Feb 2014 - 4:06AM

In the brief moments I spent chatting to him last year before we both spoke at a conference, I think I can say that I liked John Tsang Chun-wah. He seemed a decent sort and well-meaning. Though he spoke in that horribly confusing style that finance ministers around the world seem to prefer, he came across as someone who was trying very hard. He was doing a difficult job, too often constrained by the political tides that dragged him to and fro like driftwood.

John Tsang: mouse that failed to roar
In Hong Kong, there's still freedom in the air

I was in Admiralty this week and took a detour to talk to some of the HKTV protesters, to hear what they had to say. I found people heartfelt in their views, willing to sleep on concrete to have their voices heard. They talked about censorship and a lack of democracy, about the need for more openness in government, about wanting less influence from Beijing. It was about freedom of the press, they said.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

I was in Admiralty this week and took a detour to talk to some of the HKTV protesters, to hear what they had to say. I found people heartfelt in their views, willing to sleep on concrete to have their voices heard. They talked about censorship and a lack of democracy, about the need for more openness in government, about wanting less influence from Beijing. It was about freedom of the press, they said.

In Hong Kong, there's still freedom in the air
No way to stop the climate change we have unleashed

We want to live in a world without limits. Like long-distance runners and racing drivers, humankind is always trying to overcome limits to achieve more.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

We want to live in a world without limits. Like long-distance runners and racing drivers, humankind is always trying to overcome limits to achieve more.

No way to stop the climate change we have unleashed
Time to stop the tech giants snooping on us
Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:39AM

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test
Climate change a clear and present danger
Fertile ground for change amid the rot of the West's free-market democracy

They drive big black cars and look out from behind darkened windows. The people inside are dangerous, watching everything, protected behind thick steel doors.

3 Sep 2013 - 3:37AM

They drive big black cars and look out from behind darkened windows. The people inside are dangerous, watching everything, protected behind thick steel doors.

Fertile ground for change amid the rot of the West's free-market democracy
West has no reason to be smug
18 Aug 2012 - 4:47AM
West has no reason to be smug
Foreign makers beware - China wants Chinese cars
Anti-Russia tirade deflects scrutiny of US misdeeds

The mind-modifying machine is being cranked up and the sound of nasty news is getting louder. Russia is being demonised again and for reasons that are less than just.

15 Aug 2013 - 4:16AM

The mind-modifying machine is being cranked up and the sound of nasty news is getting louder. Russia is being demonised again and for reasons that are less than just.

Anti-Russia tirade deflects scrutiny of US misdeeds
Tired ideas won't save ailing Western economies
Best days of the free market are over

The free market has been a wonder of our age. Its ideas have been like some remarkable scientific breakthrough that transformed the world. The free market propelled America and the West to global economic dominance, and allowed hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere to prosper. It won the 20th century.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45AM

The free market has been a wonder of our age. Its ideas have been like some remarkable scientific breakthrough that transformed the world. The free market propelled America and the West to global economic dominance, and allowed hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere to prosper. It won the 20th century.

Best days of the free market are over