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The Mould of Politics and Society – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, Electoralism, Power, Sociology

When Hewson began talking about his desire to ‘break the mould’ of Australian politics Keating found the proof of his argument. Watch out, he said; this man does not understand politics, or the nature of Australian democracy, or the link between the mould of politics and the mould of society.

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“Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Policy, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

During One of RFK’s speeches at a university medical school, a student in the crowd at a speech at a University asked “Where are you going to get all the money for these federally subsidized programs you’re talking about?” From You. Let me say something about the tenor of that question and some of the [...]

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Class, Change and Colonialism – “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” – Mohsin Hamid

December 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Colonialism, History, Pakistan, Politics

Salaries have not risen in line with inflation, the rupee has declined steadily against the dollar, and those of us who once had substantial family estates have seen them divided and subdivided by each – larger- subsequent generation. So my grandfather could not afford what his father could, and my father could not afford what [...]

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Institutional Problems – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Congo, Culture, Democracy, Politics

A central reason, therefore, for the lack of visionary leadership in the Congo is because its political system rewards ruthless behavior and marginalizes scrupulous leaders. It privileges loyalty over competence, wealth and power over moral character. Well-intentioned (albeit misguided) leaders like Wamba dia Wamba are spun to the outside of this centrifuge, while the more [...]

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Change Starts With Understanding Power – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Congo, Culture, Means and Ends, Political Communication, Politics, Power

These advocacy efforts have also, however, had unintended effects. They reinforce the impression that the Congo is filled with wanton savages, crazed by power and greed. This view, by focusing on the utter horror of the violence, distracts from the politics that gave rise to the conflict and from the reasons behind the bloodshed. If [...]

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Ethnicity as an Institution – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, Culture, Ethnicity, History, Politics

If the fiercest ideology or ethics that can be found in the country is ethnic, that is because no other institution has been strong enough for the people to rally around. Unfortunately, ethnic mobilization is usually exclusive in nature and does not form an equitable or truly democratic basis for the distribution of state resources; [...]

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He has put a Knife on the Things That Held us Together –  “Things Fall Apart” – Chinua Achebe 

August 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, African, Colonialism, Culture, History, Literature, Prose

The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have [...]

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