Category Politics

Ανόητη Ερώτηση. Συμβολική Απάντηση.

Η Ελλάδα παραλύει. Ο πανικός έχει ήδη αρχίσει να τρυπώνει στην καθημερινότητά των Ελλήνων. Αύριο καλούμαστε να απαντήσουμε σε ένα παραπλανητικό ερώτημα. Ένα άτοπο ερώτημα. Ένα διχαστικό ερώτημα. Ένα ερώτημα χωρίς ουσιαστικό περιεχόμενο, για μια κακή πρόταση που δεν υφίσταται…

Περί Πλαστικού χρήματος

Πανταχού παρούσα η είδηση σήμερα πως η κυβέρνηση σκοπεύει να προωθήσει, με ποικίλους τρόπους, την χρήση ‘πλαστικού χρήματος’, ήτοι χρεωστικών και πιστωτικών καρτών αντί μετρητών, με στόχο την καταπολέμηση της φοροδιαφυγής. Από πολλές απόψεις το σχέδιο αυτό αποτελεί την εξέλιξη…

The 'Net As A Utility – Arcs of Political Discourse

In the years between his sensational appearance as a Junior Senator before his colleagues at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and his election in late 2008, Barack Obama carefully built a public profile of a quasi-radical reformist who, at…

Perpetual Growth – Economic Pipe dreams

BBC writes about the loss of Moody's triple-A rating by the UK. And halfway down the article you'll find this:
This means it will take longer for the government to reduce the budget deficit - the amount it has to borrow as it is spending more than it gets in through tax revenue. That is because when an economy is not growing, companies and individuals are paying less tax, and it has to spend more on welfare payments such as unemployment benefit
And this is why modern capitalism, of the sort witnessed by anyone living in the early decades of the 21st century, is a failing system; perpetual growth simply cannot be at this scale for any economy (other things being equal of course) and in this context cherry-picking criteria for ranking people, organisations and countries -- let alone forming the basic operational frameworks by which society functions -- is flawed (at best) and dangerous (at worst). The main problem here is that moving away from this model goes against centuries (and trillions of dollars' worth) of interests and investment. But we need to move away from this model, we need to 'reform' (not abolish) capitalism simply because in its current form it has lost any sense it made before.

A Very British Coup (1988)

“‘A Very British Coup’ is a 1982 novel by British politician Chris Mullin” according to Wikipedia. But this post is not about the book. At least not directly. It is about the ‘original’, 1988 TV mini-series. I love mini-series as…

Euroend.

The holidays are almost over, for those lucky enough to be able to have holidays, not in the not_working sense, but rather the peace_of_mind sense. Suddenly people remember the misery of their reality, the lack of prospects, the bleak predictions…

Η Επικίνδυνη Μυωπία της Δύσης

Από την αρχή της ‘κρίσης’ μέχρι σήμερα, η υπεραπλούστευση των προβλημάτων που μαστίζουν την οικονομία, την Ελλάδα, την Ευρώπη, την Δύση αλλά και τον κόσμο γενικότερα είναι, θαρρώ, θλιβερό χαρακτηριστικό της προσπάθειας αντιμετώπισης της. Η υπεραπλούστευση αυτή τελείται σε πολλαπλά…

It would have been truly hilarious

..if it weren't about the sad fact that 22% of UNESCO's funding was withdrawn by the U.S. this year, because they dared vote and recognize 'Palestine' as a member state. As a sidenote, I'm not quite clear on why people like Wexler, the U.S. congressman would agree to participate in an über-sarcastic piece like this one (assuming he cared enough about his image to ask to see it before it was broadcast). It makes him look insensitive at best (insanely dumb at worst).

Ανωνυμία

Έχει επανέλθει στο προσκηνιο το θέμα της ανωνυμίας στο διαδίκτυο και είναι τρομακτική η διαφορά, όχι στο νομικό status quo αλλά τις τάσεις, διεθνείς και εγχώριες, που παρατηρούνται στο διαδικτύο τα τελευταία χρόνια. Τάσεις που με πλήθος τρόπων, μεθόδων και…

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My generation has been fortunate enough to grow up in a society where the horrors of racial hatred were not the norm but the exception, where the rule of law — despite the rampant, by Scandinavian standards, corruption — prevailed…