The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump

democratic elections are not meant to adjudicate such matters anyway. They are by definition a mechanism of temporarily designating who gets to run the country. (The question is posed to voters again and again, on a regular schedule.) If the issues at stake are about the very “soul of America,” democracy quickly reveals itself to… Continue reading The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump

In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

Development is happening quickly, though not as quickly as megacities grew in China. Of 50 economic zones planned nine years ago, only six have been built. Developers are struggling to adapt to the differences in various African cultures and differences in governance. “I think from Chinese point of view, the biggest danger is corruption in… Continue reading In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

What the Neoreaction Doesn’t Understand about Democracy

What the Neoreaction Doesn’t Understand about Democracy

“Democracy Has Descended Into Institutionalized Bribery”: An Interview with David Graeber

“Democracy Has Descended Into Institutionalized Bribery”: An Interview with David Graeber

Pirate Democracy?   – Why Nations Fail

Pirate Democracy?   – Why Nations Fail

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So how come the roads are so bad in the richest part of the country? Can’t even the rich people get the government to do things for them in Haiti? Actually they can and do, that’s not the problem here. Here is a hypothesis that was independently proposed by three different people last summer to… Continue reading Untitled

Rawls on Wall Street

to move forward and make a difference, Occupy Wall Street needs specific goals backed by a more coherent, more inspiring vision for American democracy.  To their credit, protestors have recently begun debating which specific demands the movement should make, but their conversations appear to be unguided by any deeper wisdom.  A perfect intellectual touchstone would… Continue reading Rawls on Wall Street

The Power of Mockery

Otpor’s strategy mirrors one promoted by a rumpled Boston academic named Gene Sharp, who is little known in America but inspires tremors among dictators abroad. Sharp’s guide to toppling despots has been translated into 34 languages so far and was widely circulated in Egypt last year in Arabic. After Otpor toppled Milosevic, it began to… Continue reading The Power of Mockery