Society

It’s harder for governments to tax their way out of rising inequality

Inequality - The Conversation

Higher inequality makes it harder to raise taxes and therefore redistribute income to fight its spread, our analysis shows. Chris Doucouliagos The Conversation This is because in the past, on average, inequality has reduced the amount of income tax governments can collect as a share of GDP. We also found… It’s harder for… Read More »

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

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You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it. Ben Domenech The Federalist Fear of crackdown on free speech is a bipartisan thing these days. In the run-up… The Real Danger… Read More »

The Real Lesson from the London Attack: Perfect Counterterrorism Is Impossible

London - The National Interest

No amount of resources can stop a single human being from doing something destructive to other human beings. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest The grounds surrounding the Palace of Westminster are some of the most iconic in all of London. Tourists from around… The Real Lesson… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

History - Politico

Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

Green cities will change the world

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As our world becomes increasingly urban, our opportunity to create more sustainable ways of living also increases. Christiana Figueres Asia Times I am hopeful that we are now entering an era of renewed social and economic growth, driven by civic leaders and savvy citizens who are reshaping their communities on a green-building model. Around 66% of… Green cities will… Read More »

European dream collapses as far-right poisons democracy

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The disgraceful treatment shown toward the Turkish minister in Rotterdam has laid bare the ugly truth that European values have been poisoned with the venom of the far right Fatma Genc Unay Daily Sabah The issue of European xenophobia and extremism against Muslims has again started to occupy headlines this week with many European governments and local politicians such as Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmet… European dream collapses… Read More »

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

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“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and… Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic Business Insider Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had… A Psychiatrist Who… Read More »

Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer

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Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Anouchka Grose The Guardian Our writers answer some of the commonest queries This has to… Did I make the… Read More »

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

Race - QM

Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. Zoë Schlanger Quartz Media That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility. In 2016, a study… Race is the… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

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Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

Once The Eurozone Collapses, Will The EU Return to a “Normal Trading Union”

Europe - Global Research

Make no mistake, the currency of the Eurozone will not make it in medium term, let alone the long-term. That is, according to the experts. Graham Vanbergen Global Research Peter Navarro, the head of President Trump’s National Trade Council, said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that the euro is “like an implicit Deutsche Mark” that gives Germany an advantage when it… Once The Eurozone… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

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Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

PM: Timor-Leste should be in WTO

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for Timor-Leste to be made a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so the… Khmer Times Mr. Hun Sen made the call at the opening of the Fifth China Round Table on World Trade Organization Accessions in… Mr. Hun Sen recalled how joining the WTO in 2004 helped Cambodia open its… PM: Timor-Leste… Read More »

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

Europe - Euractiv

The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations. Luca Visentini, Petros Fassoulas, Genevieve Pons et al. Euractiv It is an opportunity that we call on the leaders of Europe to seize with both hands. We call on… The Europe we… Read More »

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

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The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »