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Posts on 12/11/18

Nineteen Keys to Understanding Twenty Years of Chavismo

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/11/18 6:12 am) On December 8th, Gary Moore asked the following about Venezuela, "how and why did a powerhouse nation, in 20 years of shouting and demonizing, turn into an astonishing ruin?" The answe ...

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The "Goldman Sachs Administration"

(David Duggan, USA, 12/11/18 6:07 am) Richard Rubin, chairman of Goldman Sachs, was Clinton's second Secretary of the Treasury, succeeding political hack Lloyd Bentsen in 1995. Of course, Lloyd Bentsen beat George H. W. Bush in the 19 ...

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Is a Recession Looming?

(Istvan Simon, USA, 12/11/18 2:46 am) Responding to Ric Mauricio's question, I do think that we are headed to a recession. The American economy has been on a 10-year uninterrupted expansion, the unemployment rate is at 3.7% ...

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Posts on 12/10/18

Are We Headed for Recession?

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 12/10/18 9:29 am) I think my favorite intellectual sparring partner, Ric Mauricio (December 8th), is right stating that nothing will work long term when people try to take undue advantage of other people (lack of respe ...

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Populism, Immigration, and "Selective Xenophobia"

(John Heelan, UK, 12/10/18 6:23 am) JE commented on 9 December: "Perhaps the populist anti-immigration sentiment could better be termed 'selective xenophobia'--the immigrants we don't like are the ones we don't want ...

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Scandinavian Socialism is a Myth

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 12/10/18 4:34 am) JE wrote about the "quasi-socialist nations of Scandinavia, which are among the wealthiest and happiest of the world." It is a myth that the Nordic countries are "socialist." ...

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World Government in Baha`i and Catholic Thought

(Vincent Littrell, USA, 12/10/18 3:51 am) The concept of a world government, though still on the fringe of normative political thought and international relations theory, has powerful advocacy in religious writing and thought. There are ...

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Posts on 12/09/18

Italian Partisans of WWII, Before and After

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/09/18 12:07 pm) When commenting David Duggan's post of December 4th, John E wrote, "The French resistance seems to have grown in numbers exponentially...after the war." I don't have g ...

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Is Socialism to Blame for Venezuela`s Plight? Yes, but Not Entirely

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/09/18 4:38 am) Tor Guimaraes wrote on December 7th that it is ideological nonsense to blame Venezuela's current drama entirely on socialism. I agree partially with him. In the Venezuelan case, ...

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Populism is Not a Left/Right Phenomenon

(Francisco Ramirez, USA, 12/09/18 4:01 am) It is a mistake to think of the rise of populism in classic left/right divides. Within the West these divides centered on how much weight to give to liberty and an opportunity-for-al ...

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