Izvrsna analiza današnje krize demokracije u ovotjednom Economistu.
Why has democracy lost its forward momentum? THE two main reasons are the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the rise of China. The damage the crisis did was psychological as well as financial. It revealed fundamental weaknesses in the West’s political systems, undermining the self-confidence that had been one of their great assets. Governments had steadily extended entitlements over decades, allowing dangerous levels of debt to develop, and politicians came to believe that they had abolished boom-bust cycles and tamed risk. Many people became disillusioned with the workings of their political systems—particularly when governments bailed out bankers with taxpayers’ money and then stood by impotently as financiers continued to pay themselves huge bonuses. The crisis turned the Washington consensus into a term of reproach across the emerging world. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party has broken the democratic world’s monopoly on economic progress. Larry Summers, of Harvard University, observes that when America was growing fastest, it doubled living standards roughly every 30 years. China has been doubling living standards roughly every decade for the past 30 years. The Chinese elite argue that their model—tight control by the Communist Party, coupled with a relentless effort to recruit talented people into its upper ranks—is more efficient than democracy and less susceptible to gridlock. The political leadership changes every decade or so, and there is a constant supply of fresh talent as party cadres are promoted based on their ability to hit targets.
Democracy: What’s gone wrong with democracy | The Economist.
As always, an interesting read… by Roger Scruton.
The fake intellectual invites you to conspire in his own self-deception, to join in creating a fantasy world. He is the teacher of genius, you the brilliant pupil. Faking is a social activity in which people act together to draw a veil over unwanted realities and encourage each other in the exercise of their illusory powers. The arrival of fake thought and fake scholarship in our universities should not therefore be attributed to any explicit desire to deceive. It has come about through the complicit opening of territory to the propagation of nonsense. Nonsense of this kind is a bid to be accepted.
Recently I published an article on OWS (and similar groups) as a religious movement. Some friends were annoyed. But this was just the first post in the series… (Croatian text only…)
The next text on this blog intends to pinpoint connections between utterances of ideological heroes of OWS (mostly the European branch and brethren) and the ideology of the Church (mostly Catholic).
Modelling behaviour: Game theory in practice | The Economist. kako zaraditi pomoću softvera kojim se modelira ljudsko ponašanje….
Economistov komentator (iz) Francuske analizira francusku ljevicu (a govori nešto i o biračkome tijelu). Toliko besmislica od predsjedničkih kandidata nisam već dugo čuo… Nije ni čudo da su im onda i filozofi isto tako ludi kao i političari… U usporedbi su s njima, naši kandidati (uključujući i cijeli kukuriku) – genijalni! Charlemagne: Among the dinosaurs | The Economist.
Još jedan gadan napad na Fergusona. Valjda u nečemu ima pravo da ga svi (pa čak i inače ozbiljan Michael Lindt) napadaju.
Niall Ferguson and the brain-dead American right.
Izvrstan članak, prikaz nove Gandijeve biografije. Primjerice:
He quickly became enmeshed in a dispute over the use of the word “coolie,” which was then being used to describe Indian laborers. His initial comments on the word showed a surprising lack of awareness and empathy. As Lelyveld explains, “[Gandhi] concedes that coolies may sometimes be disorderly, may even steal. He knows but doesn’t make a point of saying that most of those he has now agreed to call coolies are of lower-caste backgrounds. If anything, caste is a subject he avoids…. Temporarily, at least, he doesn’t identify with them.” A couple of years later, while Gandhi was engaged in protecting the voting rights of educated Indians like himself, he wrote that his peers “have no wish to see ignorant Indians who cannot possibly be expected to understand the value of a vote being placed on the Voters’ List.”
Mohandas Gandhi And The Problem With Purity | The New Republic.
A quarter century ago the Polish Solidarnosc activist Adam Michnik described the tasks that lay ahead for a liberated or about-to-be liberated Eastern Europe: „We know very well how to make fish soup from an aquarium but we don’t know how to make an aquarium out of fish soup“.
“All successful post-despotic countries reformed alike. Each unsuccessful country finds its own excuse.”
Getting to Turkey or Aquaria from Fish Soup.
Fukuyama recenzira Hayekovu knjigu “Constitution of Liberty” u današnjem NY Timesu
Hayek always had problems getting the respect he deserved; even when he was awarded the Nobel in economic science in 1974, the awards committee paired him with the left-leaning economist Gunnar Myrdal. With the passage of time, however, many of the ideas expressed in “The Constitution of Liberty” have become broadly accepted by economists — e.g., that labor unions create a privileged labor sector at the expense of the nonunionized; that rent control reduces the supply of housing; or that agricultural subsidies lower the general welfare and create a bonanza for politicians.
Friedrich A. Hayek, Big-Government Skeptic – NYTimes.com.
George Monbiot of the left-leaning British newspaper The Guardian has a must-read column in which he admits that because of a whole series of intellectual mistakes, the global green movement’s policy prescriptions are hopelessly flawed.
Read the whole piece for a thoughtful and brutally clear expose of the intellectual bankruptcy of the green movement from one of the smartest people in it. This is what I’ve been getting at for more than a year here: regardless of what is happening to Planet Earth, the green movement does not have coherent and workable solutions.
Greens like to have it both ways. They warn darkly about “peak oil” and global resource shortages that will destroy our industrial economy in its tracks — but also warn that runaway economic growth will destroy the planet through the uncontrolled effects of mass industrial productions. Both doomsday scenarios cannot be true; one cannot simultaneously die of both starvation and gluttony.
Top Green Admits: “We Are Lost!” | Via Meadia.