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Perfidous Albion: Cameron might not have made an incorrect move

Last week at the much-anticipated EU summit in Brussels, UK Prime Minister David Cameron both rejected the call for EU treaty revision and opted to stay out of the proposed new treaty, or “fiscal compact,” that most other EU members … Continue reading

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Elections in Russia: how many ballots can you fill out?

There’s a saying in Russia: “You don’t get to choose your political leaders anymore than you get to choose your parents.” Or something like that. So it’s not surprising that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party took home a plurality of … Continue reading

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The Gap between Obama’s Language and his Politics

George Orwell argues, in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” that bad politics and unclear thoughts lead to bad language. And he continues with the converse so that the cycle becomes interminable: But an effect can become a cause, … Continue reading

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Analogy of The Day: How to Properly Handle Politicians

“Politicians are like children, you can’t just give them what they want, it only encourages them.” This line is delivered by Sir Frank Gordon, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, in Smoke Screen, the third episode of the brilliant BBC show, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Democracy

Economies are powerful things. One lesson of the past year is that they can topple governments perhaps as fast as can conventional forces sent by history’s most powerful military. In Europe, the basic story has been sovereign debt crises impacting … Continue reading

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Privileging Political Parties above Experts

If the technocracy currently taking over the EU makes people uneasy, perhaps reflecting on Peter Mair‘s comments would help lift the unease. Mair wrote a great paper entitled Representative versus Responsible Government that examines some of the problems democracies presently … Continue reading

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Language, Politics and the European Union

The European Union has a language problem. It doesn’t have a foreign minister, it has a “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.” The position of foreign minister would have been created had the constitutional treaty … Continue reading

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