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If I ruled the world

I’d hold off on colonising Mars—but ensure women get heard

I’m not exactly sure what it means to rule the world. Come to think of it, I don’t even know where the world (my sovereignty) would end—should I take the usual approach of my fellow Americans and confuse the United States with the world, or should I define it as planet Earth, the solar system, or the entire universe?

Ruling the universe would be challenging since without some advanced scientific and technological breakthroughs, I couldn’t communicate with any of the life forms that are probably out there. That wouldn’t be my only scientific goal, however, since science can benefit living beings in a plethora of ways and basic science is usually what drives big changes. In any case, I’m pretty curious about the inanimate objects that populate the universe too.

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In Prospect’s March issue: Peter Pomerantsev describes the situation in Eastern Europe as the governments of Hungary and Poland turn right. Simon Tilford, from the Centre for European Reform, questions the substance of David Cameron’s EU deal and Philip Collins argues that Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for purpose. Also in this issue: Peter Kellner shows us that we are feeling more optimistic than during the last stages of the last Labour government and Jessica Abrahams explores the sexism of Valentine’s Day. Plus Justice Malala on South Africa and the Prospect Duel asks: "Should all immigrants learn English?"