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Europe ‚coming apart before our eyes‘, say 30 top intellectuals

Posted by hkarner - 26. Januar 2019

Date: 26-01-2019
Source: The Guardian

Group of historians and writers publish manifesto warning against rise of populism

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.

The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.

“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Davos delusion

Posted by hkarner - 26. Januar 2019

Date: 24-01-2019
Source: The Economist

Down with philanthrocapitalism, says an entertaining polemic

Anand Giridharadas says the global elite is complicit in the problems it purports to solve

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. By Anand Giridharadas. Knopf; 304 pages; $26.95. Allen Lane; £12.99.

It is more than 20 years since Samuel Huntington introduced the concept of Davos Man in his great book “The Clash of Civilisations”. Now Anand Giridharadas has gone one better and taken his reader deep inside the mind of that peculiar creature. Everybody knows the basics: Davos Man believes that markets are more efficient than governments and that globalism is preferable to nationalism or localism. Mr Giridharadas’s trick is to focus on the more intriguing parts of the Davos world-view: that businesses can “do well by doing good”; that philanthropy needs to be “reinvented” for the age of the internet and the t-shirt-wearing billionaire; and that one of the greatest problems facing the world, even as some inner-cities are ravaged by drugs and violence, is that there aren’t enough Davos Women to join the Davos Men in this win-win nirvana. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Britain and its neighbours misunderstand each other

Posted by hkarner - 26. Januar 2019

Date: 24-01-2019
Source: The Economist

Both need to learn fast

To visit britain after years of living on the European mainland, as Charlemagne did last weekend, is to glimpse the country through continental eyes. It is an exotically distinct place. Its cities are dominated by two-or-three storey buildings rather than five-or-six storey ones. Houses are more common than blocks of flats. Forms of convenience culture—pre-packed meals, card-tapping electronic payments, technological gizmos—are abundant. Institutions like religion, organised labour and even the state itself take a back seat. Public spaces feel shabby by northern European standards, but people are good-humoured about it. The country is strikingly mixed and multi-ethnic. Most notable is its sheer Victorian-ness: the architecture, the urban planning, the transport networks and even the pub names (Coach and Horses, Prince of Wales) speak of a country forged in the 19th century.

At its narrowest, the English Channel is 33km (21 miles) wide. Exchange and movement across this gap have shaped countries on both sides for millennia. Yet Britain remains different. To be an island is to be other—at once prone to insularity and to seeing horizons more clearly. To have been a superpower for a time is an experience that takes centuries to process. To have political and legal institutions distinctive from those of one’s neighbours is to find their instincts alien—and to be poorly understood oneself. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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