Category Archives: Political science

Ideas that add up #214

Outside national elections, most people ignore politics altogether. In 2010 the pollsters YouGov asked US voters, “Suppose that you alone could determine whether a Democrat or a Republican represents your Congressional district by paying a specific dollar amount. How much … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #181

Rama, who has opened [Enver Hoxha’s former nuclear bunker] to the public, believes that coming to terms with their past is a more complicated business for Albanians than merely listening to the unsavoury incidents of recent history. “It has been … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #161

“The Russian is completely confused and disorientated by modern life,” Nikolai Naritsyn, a Moscow-based psychoanalyst who has written on the subject, told me. “Where do financial crises come from, what do the laws they pass in parliament mean, why has … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #159

The feudalistic society of the early Chou dynasty operated according to two principles: one was that of the li (rituals, ceremonies, rules of conduct, mores); the other was that of the hsing (penalties, punishments). The li formed the unwritten code … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #151

The essential point, constantly in Cao Cao’s mind and in the thoughts of his more astute companions, was that while a reputation for open dealing was desirable, it could not be gained by excessive informality or loss of dignity. That … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #147

At the heart of this kaleidoscopic work stands Vladislav Surkov, the then Kremlin official hailed as one of the ideologues of “managed democracy”, who directs Russian society as if it were one giant reality show. The mercurial Surkov has helped … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #72

“There is a certain type of liberal fundamentalism, which says: ‘What human beings have been until quite recently is different from what they really want to be, which is to be free.’ But the idea that human beings are, by … Continue reading

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