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The EU Bankrolled a Rebellion That Threatens to Tear It Apart (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: The EU Bankrolled a Rebellion That Threatens to Tear It ApartBloomberg subtitle: Poland and Hungary have used the largesse of the European Union to undermine democracy and the rule of law. Is it too late to bring them in line?By: Wojciech Moskwa, Zoltan Simon, and Rodney JeffersonDate: 14 November 2021 "Governments across Europe are...

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Democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal

All over the world, you can see a similar trend: democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal. Intolerance (eg, for people thinking differently) is increasing. My blog is not about the (lack of) legality of that trend (eg, Austria, USA). My blog is about the Why of this trend. Last Sunday, Dutch ethics professor Fleur Jongepier was warning the Dutch...

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Is it time for a Nexit?

According to the Dutch Financial Times, the European Commission wants to interfere with Dutch tax laws. Financieele Dagblad, 1 November: The Netherlands must sacrifice its tax allowances for independent contractors and its mortgage interest deduction in order to obtain EU billions. There is some irony in this because our PM has been highly critical towards Hungary...

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Vaccine mandates vs labour shortages

CNN, 31 October: "American Airlines canceled another 634 flights on Sunday, more than 12% of its total operations for the day, the company said Sunday. The airline has now canceled more than 1,500 flights since Friday, as it deals with weather issues and staffing shortages that started last week." Some media claim that vaccine mandates are causing those staffing...

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China Has Started Making the Same Mistakes as the Soviets (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: China Has Started Making the Same Mistakes as the SovietsBloomberg subtitle: Fomenting a nuclear arms race, pursuing “wolf warrior” diplomacy and pushing your enemies together are all good ways to lose a cold war. By: Hal BrandsDate: 27 October 2021 "It’s boom time for historical analogies in America’s China policy. Beijing’s...

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BoJo’s levelling up the UK: needs, wants & beliefs

I'm intrigued by the British PM's determination to "level up" the UK. Ultimately, it might just be another one of his pranks but let's suppose that it's not. Is it even possible to level up a nation or a society? Yes, it is indeed as China has shown. However, Western democracies are facing elections without a fixed outcome. In my view, his belief in levelling up...

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