Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
— Barbara Tuchman, who died on this date in 1989
Perhaps Putin is a megalomaniac myopically succumbing to his lust for
power. But a more plausible explanation for Putin’s recent decisions is
that he is neither economically illiterate nor libidinously violent, but
motivated instead by political commitments that we do not fully
understand “Mr. Putin is not rational”
Former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid appeared to be acting "on behalf of constituents" when he lobbied a state government authority about retail leases at Circular Quay. He didn't reveal his family was making $1000 a week from two cafes on the wharves, the Supreme Court has heard Eddie Obeid pleads not guilty to misconduct charges
"Every year since 2006 more democracies have experienced erosion in political rights and civil liberties than have registered gains, as we find in our annual Freedom in the World report. In all, 110 countries, more than half the world’s total, have suffered some loss in freedom during the past 10 years."
Freedom House – “Freedom in the World 2016 – Global freedom declined for the 10th consecutive year in 2015, as economic pressures and fear of unrest led authoritarians to crack down on dissent, while migration and terrorism fueled xenophobia in democracies.”
OK, now a segue. Given all this, the natural and appropriate policy response should be to a) expand the responsibilities of democratic government, or b) consider limiting the responsibilities of democratic government?
You are allowed only two guesses…
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Federal inquiry asks if there-is-too much scrutiny of the ATO
Human subjects research/Institutional Review Boards: “The Obama administration is quietly trying to make it harder to study public officials” [Michelle Hackman, Vox]
CIA Director Melts Down After Being Asked to Apologize for Spying on the Senate District Sentinel
Simone Segouin, the 18 year old French Résistance fighter, 1944
18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, with war name
Nicole Minet. She had come from Chartres to help liberate the capital.
Paris, August 19, 1944.
Liberal democracy is so widely admired that we conflate Liberal Democracy . But democracy can be an illiberal train wreck.
“An improvement of four places from 14th to 10th in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an opportunity for the UK to lead on global corruption at the Prime Minister’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption Summit in May – but carries the risk that if he fails to deliver, the UK will once again sink down the rankings. Transparency International has warned that to be a world-leader on anti-corruption efforts, the UK must also ensure its own house is in order. Measures should include:
- Strengthen the UK’s anti-money laundering defences – stop the UK being a safe haven for the corrupt
Perhaps it's time now to stop mapping political differences along the left-right dichotomy. The great political, intellectual and emotional chasm of our world runs between transnational elites with access to diverse forms of social, economic and cultural power, and masses who feel left out from the global party and who express their fury and resentment through social media and xenophobic movements.
We have entered a perilous new era in politics, where a whirlwind of raw emotions is blowing away all the verities of the past. The global elites, whose competence and moral legitimacy are questioned like never before, need, as Martin Wolf wrote in the Financial Times last week, "to work out intelligent responses." Until then, progressively more and more intemperate outbursts against posh boys will define political life