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Regulating the Internet and Why Online Piracy Isn’t Stealing

Two bills currently being debated in Congress should worry advocates of user-generated content and free-speech protections: the Protect IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Among other things, these bills seek to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The Polish Foreign Minister’s Case for Saving the Eurozone

At a time when the world is looking at Euroland and wondering whether any courageous leaders will step up and do something about the unraveling economic situation, Radek Sikorski did not disappoint. In a speech delivered in Berlin yesterday, the … 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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Europe has Identity Issues

French academics love the concept of identity. I’m not sure why this is the case, but it might be connected to their interminable disdain for the British, who generally prefer dispassionately manipulating numbers. Regarding European identity though, the continent shares … Continue reading

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