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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. DeGaulle
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Have We Bought Enough Yet?

Have We Bought Enough Yet? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The activist philosopher John Ralston Saul traces how we in the West became Walmart societies, with lots of stuff and not much substance.

 

'Globalism, Saul long argued, weakened nation states in the name of economics, and took away the democratic power of citizens to determine their futures.

 

"Globalism basically came to an end in about 2000, and we had five to ten years in a vacuum, before we were hit by a moving truck. The financial crisis … was not a crisis in and of itself, it came out of the earlier crisis, the failure of globalism."

 

'............. Saul mostly blames the people who filled the void [for the GFC], the people who called themselves neo-classical or neo-liberal economists and who he calls neo-conservatives. After the crisis of the 1970s, their views — advocacy of free trade, open markets, privatisation and deregulation, smaller government and a bigger role for the private sector —quickly came to dominate political thought. He calls that idea of a deregulated international marketplace, in which goods and finance travel far more easily across borders than do people, "globalism".

 

So complete was the hegemony of its advocates, says Saul, that ultimately "everyone, whether they are Labor or Liberal or social democrat or whatever … adopted their language."'

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The centrifuge that is Bosnia

The centrifuge that is Bosnia | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The unraveling of Bosnian democracy...

 

'The 1995 Dayton accords that ended Bosnia’s three-year bloody war did not quell the virulent disagreements among the country’s three largest nationalities: Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. Moreover, Dayton bequeathed Bosnia a dysfunctional and excessively redundant constitutional structure. The international community’s representative to Bosnia noted a few years ago that the country of 4 million people has “two entities [for] three constituent peoples; five presidents, four vice presidents, 13 prime ministers, 14 parliaments, 147 ministers and 700 members of Parliament.”'

 

'While the United States understandably focuses on the Middle East and Central Asia, democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, once considered a rare transatlantic success story, is in danger of unraveling.'

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The Crisis of Europe

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After World War II, Europe began a process of peaceful political unification unprecedented there and unmatched anywhere else.

 

' ..........with the current crisis still unresolved, Europe lacks most of the motivating forces that once propelled it toward unity. Even if a shared fear of the consequences of the eurozone's collapse saves it from the worst, Europe needs something more than fear to make it again the magnetic project it was for a half century. But what can that something be?'

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Tony Blair 'deeply worried' Britain will leave EU via referendum - Telegraph

Tony Blair 'deeply worried' Britain will leave EU via referendum - Telegraph | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he is "deeply worried" that Britain will leave the European Union via a referendum.
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