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The British Bernie Sanders

What’s British for Bernie Sanders? Why, Jeremy Corbyn, of course. Corbyn is much more extreme and the political systems in which they operate are different, but both are challenging the assumptions their party establishments. Britain has a parliamentary system. Being prime minister has as much in common with being Speaker of the House of Representatives […]

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The British Bernie Sanders

What’s British for Bernie Sanders? Why, Jeremy Corbyn, of course. Corbyn is much more extreme and the political systems in which they operate are different, but both are challenging the assumptions their party establishments. Britain has a parliamentary system. Being prime minister has as much in common with being Speaker of the House of Representatives […]

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Varoufakis faces treason charges

I have been familiar with the ways of the European Union for many years, and I thought myself impervious to surprise at the extraordinary way in which Brussels imposes its will, with plain defiance of democracy and utter contempt for the opinions (and frequently the well-being) of the people.  Does it not routinely ignore the […]

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Dissent is not treason

Most who enter politics do so because they want to change things. Many are narcissistic and some may be, or become, corrupt, but, generally speaking, when one accuses another of having bad motives, rather than being mistaken it is the first politician who has broken faith with the electorate. People don’t go into politics because […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Solar power or batteries? Which will be the breakthrough?

Will electric cars revolutionize the world? We have seen, just last week, news of a battery powered plane. Will this change our transport structures? It is certainly possible, but we probably need better ways of generating electricity if we are to see major environmental benefits from any such change. In large parts of the US, […]

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Dissent is not treason

Most who enter politics do so because they want to change things. Many are narcissistic and some may be, or become, corrupt, but, generally speaking, when one accuses another of having bad motives, rather than being mistaken it is the first politician who has broken faith with the electorate. People don’t go into politics because […]

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Varoufakis faces treason charges

I have been familiar with the ways of the European Union for many years, and I thought myself impervious to surprise at the extraordinary way in which Brussels imposes its will, with plain defiance of democracy and utter contempt for the opinions (and frequently the well-being) of the people.  Does it not routinely ignore the […]

A European Union (EU) flag, left, and Greek national flag fly near the Parthenon temple on Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Europe's plan to solve the region's debt crisis made credit-default swaps covering Greece "ineffective," Moody's Investors Service said. Photographer: Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Economic Fallacies about Greece

There has been much unscientific economic pronouncements about Greece’s financial problems and especially how to solve them. Below is a short list of three of these economic fallacies. 1. The euro is too strong a currency for Greece. This statement usually is accompanied by a reference to Greek productivity being lower than that of the […]

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