Category Archives: democracy

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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Stratfor on Ukraine

It seems that there has been some kind of solution to what has been going on in the Ukraine. I found some of the goings-on there rather surprising – I still don’t understand how a decision of the president to … Continue reading

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Can Democracy help with Inequality?

NC has a post up with the above-mentioned title. It’s a summary of a research paper and the short answer is: “Yes but it doesn’t always.” I like this kind of research since it helps refute some propagandizing. There was … Continue reading

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The thirties all over again

Naked Capitalism gives some props to Flassbeck and in the comments one commenter shows himself I am troubled by the comment that public reaction to this crisis will be to move more to the right. Reality-based thinker that Flassbeck is, … Continue reading

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Trying to drive out the Devil with the Beelzebub

Naked Capitalism has a post up with the title “Ragnarok – Iceland and the ‘Doom of the Gods’”. Most days I am reading Naked Capitalism and New Economic Perspectives in parallel and while I know that there is only a … Continue reading

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What a difference a language makes

I accidentally went on Spiegel Online’s English-version site yesterday after not having been for a long while, and was very surprised about the difference of tone from the mindlessness of the German site. The top items included Egyptian elite Succumb … Continue reading

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So much for “freedom”

There is this ridiculous assumption out there that only authoritarian regimes stifle “freedom” – of opinion or research, for instance. One can get quite the same effect by a combination of creating artificial scarcity, e.g. by reducing funding in a … Continue reading

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