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Bloomberg View: Don’t blame ‘Davos Man’ for globalisation’s self-limiting forces

<b>by Tyler Cowen*</b><p>(Bloomberg View) – Perhaps the most common intellectual meme this week is the notion that “Davos Man” and the globalists have …

World Economic Forum Chairman: "The Capitalist Economic Model May Not Be Delivering for People"

Beyond love of guns and God it’s difficult to imagine anything pundits cling to more than capitalism. The sentiment that it’s ‘the best system in the …

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Democracy, those on the losing side of elections last year say, has failed. The tendency of electoral majorities to no longer vote according to …

Political Science

Fareed Zakaria made a scary prediction about democracy in 1997 — and it's coming true

Democracy is rising, but not the good kind.<p>Twenty years ago, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote an essay in Foreign Affairstitled “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy.” His thesis was that democracies around the world were surrendering to illiberal reforms, and that the strands holding the traditions of …

Political Science

The 'War On Cash' Has Nothing To Do With Fighting Crime

<i>Editor's note: Originally published at tsi-blog.com on January 17, 2017.</i><p>Don't be hoodwinked by the relentless propaganda into believing that the …

Five Economic Lessons From Obama's Presidency

He could have achieved more, especially when it comes to inclusive growth.<p>I remember vividly the economic and financial mess President Barack Obama inherited when he was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president eight years ago. Growth and trade were imploding, millions of Americans were losing their …

Is free trade good or bad?

<b>Free trade is something of a sacred cow in the economics profession.</b><p>Moving towards it, rather slowly, has also been one of the dominant features of the post-World War Two global economy.<p>Now there are new challenges to that development.<p>The UK is leaving the European Union and the single market - …

Are we heading back to the 1980's or the 1930's?

Let's be clear. I think that there is a fair change of a repetition of the global financial crisis. After the financial crash of 2007-2008, major central banks ran to the rescue of the world economy by pushing interest rates to zero (or below) and filling the world with artificial liquidity through …

Can democracy survive the fourth industrial revolution? Should it?

As automation and digitisation undermine employment and increase inequality, established political systems will need to adapt – fast<p>“Democracy is on its way,” concluded Dick Morris in 2001, in an article entitled “Direct democracy and the internet”. Five years earlier, John Perry Barlow, the …

Kansas is still bleeding, thanks to tea party economics

Give some credit to Sam Brownback, the far-right Republican governor of Kansas: He's got tenacity. Confronted by an unbroken string of reports that his fiscal policies are leading his state to economic ruin, he hasn't given an inch.<p>We've been chronicling the tea party ruination of Brownback's …

Economics

Civil rights groups: Facebook should protect, not censor, human rights issues

Rights groups such as the ACLU expressed deep concern over censorship in letter to Mark Zuckerberg, particularly when posts are removed at the request of police<p>A coalition of more than 70 civil rights groups have written to Facebook demanding that the company clarifies its policies for removing …

Are Capitalism and Democracy Compatible?

I chanced to view a TED program that featured <b>Yanis Varoufakis</b>, former Finance Minister of Greece. He titled his talk “Capitalism will eat democracy - unless we speak up<b>.</b>” He went on to claim that the current state of our Capitalism, which is financial Capitalism, is definitely hurting our democracy.<p>…

FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?

Increased attention toward the killing of black men and women by police throughout the past year has ignited national conversations on racism and law …

Being Muslim American in 2016

Twenty-one people share what it's like being Muslim in America in 2016.

The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools

The nation's oldest civil rights group is taking a critical look at the state of education.<p>The NAACP board of directors voted Saturday to confirm a resolution that recommends an end to the expansion of charter schools, which currently educate about 6 percent of the nation’s public school students. …

Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps

A diagnosis of breast cancer at age 27 is shattering for anyone. But for Eli Oberman, it came with extra layers of anxiety. He is a transgender man, who was born female but began taking male hormones when he was 19 to change gender.<p>Like many transgender people, Mr. Oberman switched gender without …