Zambia travel report 1: Kenneth Kaunda and patriotism

Lusaka, a.d. VIII Id. Mai. MMDCCLXXII, To attend the wedding of two friends of mine, I have travelled to Zambia. In these short travel reports I'll give updates on the fascinating political economic things I encounter here. To start, former president Kenneth 'super-Ken' Kaunda and patriotism in Zambia. Flying in from Johannesburg, it was announced... Continue Reading →

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Book review: W. Rostow – The Dynamics of Soviet Society

Groningen, a.d. VI Non. Mai. MMDCCLXXII A.U.C., This 246 pages long book gives a short introduction to the (dys)functioning of Soviet society up and to 1952, as seen from the viewpoint of the American historian Rostow in 1954. Peculiarly, he was not an expert on this topic, he wrote the book based on conversations and... Continue Reading →

"It is the historian who has decided for his own reasons that Caesar's crossing of that petty stream, the Rubicon, is a fact of history, whereas the crossing of the Rubicon by millions of other people before or since interests nobody at all. The fact that you arrived in this building half an hour ago... Continue Reading →

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of Brexit

Oslo, the first Óðinsdagr of mörsugur, in the 28th year of the reign of King Harald V, Despite Brexit, many Brexiteers maintain that the United Kingdom will maintain excellent ties with the with the EU and its member states. The UK is supposed to regain its sovereignty, but this should not mean that close cooperation... Continue Reading →

Exit and Voice in Ancient Mesopotamia

Groningen, a.d. III Non. Dec. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., In his 1970 book Exit, Voice and Loyalty, Hirschman argues there are two ways in which we can influence the behaviour of those around us. Firstly, we can exit, that is, if we are dealing with another person or organisation, and we disapprove of that person's or organisation's behaviour, we... Continue Reading →

Tories vs GOP

Groningen, a.d. IV Kal. Nov. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., As I described in my last post, it is quite common for conservative parties to draw away attention from poverty and inequality, and instead to focus on issues such as family values, public decency, jingoism, safety or migration. I also argued that the Conservatives in the UK are... Continue Reading →

Brexit Schizophrenia

Amsterdam, a.d. III Id. Oct. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., The Conservative party in the UK runs a serious risk of splitting into two different parties. While combining populism with an economically right-wing programme has a long pedigree, the situation the Conservative party finds itself in is more fraught with risk than that. Having been the party of free trade... Continue Reading →

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