Category Archives: democracy

Merkel on Trump

Angela Merkel has called on Trump to respect “democratic values”: “She stressed that “the partnership with the USA is and will remain the foundation of German foreign policy so that we can meet the great challenges of our times”. These … Continue reading

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FUCK the Eurocup

I don’t care much about soccer but if people get excited about the Eurocup – sure why not. But all those exhortations in the last days to enjoy the Eurocup in spite of everything: Let’s put aside for a moment … Continue reading

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Beware of false friends

There’s a website called “Curious Apes” that published an article called “You’ll have to choose sooner than you think: Basic Income or Dystopian Slavery”, which a friend linked on Facebook. It’s an extended argument for the Basic Income Guarantee that … Continue reading

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The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

writes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And he simply nails it, by calling out how the racism discussion is/will be a smoke-screen: [U]nless we want the Ferguson atrocity to also be swallowed and become nothing more than an intestinal … Continue reading

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Social Democrats – Gluttons for Punishment?

Sooooo, François Hollande ran on a left-of-center platform, promising raised taxes on very high incomes, increased public spending, stuff like this. He then proceeded to not do any of these things, because this would have meant confrontation with eurozone austerians, … Continue reading

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Everything you know about Ukraine (and Crimea) is wrong

Mark Ames and the War Nerd cut through the bullshit and static regarding the current goings-on in Ukraine in their typical clear manner. Both of the pieces should be read and appreciated to the fullest, in particular since they lay … Continue reading

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Is voter apathy and little control by non-elites baked into western “liberal” democracy?

And if so, can internet initiatives improve things, asked Yanis Varoufakis on NC. The entire post is rather interesting in its interpretation of what western “liberal” democracy was supposed to mean and achieve: Magna Carta, the defining document to which … Continue reading

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