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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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Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future | Murat Cizakca

Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future | Murat Cizakca | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
For a millennium, from the seventh to the seventeenth century, Muslims controlled the intercontinental and transoceanic trade between Europe and the Indian Ocean. While doing this, they also created one of the greatest civilizations of the world.
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"It was a humbling experience to read the product of such a remarkable feat of scholarship. It is all at once an exploration in analytic history and a comprehensive text of Islamic finance theory and application. It is also one of the most succinct renditions of evolution of Islamic finance embedded in a comprehensive account of particularities of economies as diverse as Malaysia and Turkey. This is a unique contribution to Islamic finance and Islamic economic history. It has been a rewarding learning experience. It is truly a breathtaking effort."

 
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Is Islam to blame for freedom deficit in Middle East? - On Line Opinion - 10/7/2012

Is Islam to blame for freedom deficit in Middle East? - On Line Opinion - 10/7/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Researchers mull why freedom and development flourished in the Middle East then faded.

 

'Likewise, research by Harvard economist Eric Chaney debunks theories that the root cause of the democracy deficit in the Middle East is Islam or Arab cultural patterns, oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict or desert ecology. The democratic deficit, as reflected in the prevalence of autocracies in the Muslim-Arab world, is real, Chaney notes, but it's a product of the long-run influence of control structures developed in the centuries following the Arab conquests.'

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Charts: Republican Platforms, Then and Now

Charts: Republican Platforms, Then and Now | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
What's changed and what's stayed the same in 64 years of GOP party agendas.

 

GOP platform planking ............

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Modern politics is too clever by half ... and we're worse off for it

Modern politics is too clever by half ...  and we're worse off for it | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
In 19th century Australia, democrats such as Henry Parkes could not emphasise too much how important it was to elect a Parliamentary representative who was honourable, decent and able to work on behalf…...

 

'Unfortunately in the 21st century politics, and especially “clever politics”, would appear to be in the ascendant. This is the age of “whatever it takes”, of using any scheme or device to acquire power and to stay in power. Being in power seems to be an end in itself.

 

We would seem to be living in the age of Machiavelli, except even Machiavelli understood that rulers did what they did, not for their own self-aggrandisement, but in order to benefit the common good. Doing “whatever it takes” is simply wrong if it is done out of self interest.'

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