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  Posts on Apr 24, 2014
Is Bribery Free Speech? (David Duggan, USA, 04/24/14 5:27 am) When commenting Harry Papasotiriou's post of 23 April, JE speculated about bribery as an expression of free speech. Yes, except it's a crime (like treason or conspiracy): where the object nee ... more

Socialism (and Fascism) in the Military; on Campaign Finance (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/24/14 5:05 am) I would like to comment on the excellent and provocative post of Luciano Dondero (23 April). Theoretically, socialism is the triumph of materialism, the class struggle, and the brotherhood among ... more

St George`s Day (John Heelan, UK, 04/24/14 3:28 am) In addition to Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the Cubs (see David Duggan), April 23rd is also the day celebrating St. George (the patron saint of the UK). Some might consider it an irony that our patron ... more

  Posts on Apr 23, 2014
McCutcheon v FEC (Robert Whealey, USA, 04/23/14 4:03 pm) I conclude that the two cases Citizens United (2010) and McCutcheon (2014) have established the US as a plutocracy. The democratic Constitution has been put on hold. Yet "wher ... more

April 23rd: The Bard and The Cubs (David Duggan, USA, 04/23/14 2:22 pm) Today is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the 100th anniversary of the 1st game played at Wrigley Field (formerly Weeghman Park), which lies about one mile from my house i ... more

Socialism in the Military (Alan Levine, USA, 04/23/14 12:43 pm) Socialism in the military is nothing new and well known by every American, at least those who pay attention to such things, including conservative politicians who champion the military. I'm surpri ... more

McCutcheon v FEC (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 04/23/14 11:12 am) On 23 April, John Eipper wrote that "the Supreme Court decided in McCutcheon v FEC that no limits can be placed on individual contributions to federal campaigns." Act ... more

WAIS Welcomes Enrique Torner (John Eipper, USA, 04/23/14 7:10 am) I'm pleased to introduce our newest colleague, Enrique Torner, Professor of Spanish at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  WAIS Patriarch David W. Pike traveled from Paris to Mankato e ... more

Parliamentary vs Presidential Systems; Campaign Finance (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/23/14 6:21 am) I believe that we already talked about this, but the US government does not need to be supported by a parliamentary system, which can also be a complete failure (see Italy). What it needs is a good p ... more

Dynamic Scoring, Universal Credit, Vouchers (Mike Bonnie, USA, 04/23/14 4:18 am) Spring has arrived in Wisconsin (as measured by the abundance of potholes in the roads) and along with those, it is school test reporting season. A ramping up of political rhetoric on budgets and spen ... more

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