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KSI’s power of personality shows Esports the blueprint for future success

How one of YouTube’s biggest stars showcases the importance of personality in Esports and why this may be a problem It is November 2019. At LSE, outside the Centre Building, a small crowd has gathered. Sporting cries fill the air.…

Who is the real Simon Hix?

By Michael Shapland and Jamie Boucher Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research, professor, and lecturer at LSE, is a significant figure both within LSE’s leadership and the university culture itself. Coming from a state school background to study at the undergraduate…

Dana White’s ‘Fight Island’ showcases the UFC’s unstoppable rise

Despite its danger, the UFC may just be the perfect antidote for a post-corona world With the sports world in lockdown, the UFC is daring to be different, or, perhaps, extremely dangerous. In early April, the UFC’s president Dana White…

Leo Marley TV ‘Hot Topics’ – Too Hot to Handle ★★★★

Being schooled in the art of YouTube procrastination myself, it was a joy to behold traces of many of YouTube’s top comedy channels in Third Year LSE student Leo Marley’s ‘LSE Hot Topics’. There were the close-ups and sharp edits…

A dive into Hayek’s legacy at LSE

Friedrich Hayek, like it or not, is embedded deep into LSE’s culture. From his appearance on our reading lists to rumours over potential statues, the approaching 28th anniversary of Hayek’s death gives us an opportunity to journey deep into the…

Fight Night Sonnets

Can the brutality of Fight Night be captured through the language of love? Fight Night was one of the last major LSE events held before the school’s unfortunate closure. How fitting then, that it was one of its best. Talent,…

The Wise Man of Economics ★★★★

There is a point in the second LSE Economics podcast where interviewer Matthew Bradbury lets out an almost indiscernible chuckle. The subject of the interview, Professor Charlie Bean, ex-Director General at the Bank of England, had just reflected on a…

The Beverage Report Ep 1: Darling’s brilliance is a relic of Labour’s past ★★★★

Marking the launch of the LSE Economics Department podcast, Matthew Bradbury’s interview with Labour’s ex-chancellor Alistair Darling was insightful, informative, and solemn. Listening to Darling gave me an acute nostalgia for my primary school days where we would gather objects…

Explanation Rebellion: the Art of Debate

What happens when one hosts a debate where all participants are largely united in belief, politics and purpose? On Thursday the 5th of December the LSE found out… The LSE Debate Society’s Fabian series undertook a shift from its head…

Thatcher’s LSE: the Queen of Capitalism

Why the LSE’s core values of independence, hard work and enterprise are more in keeping with the philosophy of the Iron Lady than the Fabians…    LSE’s roots lie in grand redistributive Socialist schemes, social justice, and an intellectual movement that…