Marco Rubio: Welfare for me and my people, not for you!

Recently, Political magazine did a profile story on Marco Rubio. Immediately after, friends asked me to weight in and give my opinion of the article and Rubio himself. What I thought was going to be a a simple response turned into something much more lengthily and insightful. I think it turned out pretty well, so …

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Modern Republicanism and its Liberal Forefathers

Elections are around the corner and, as always, all talk will be centered around the Republican and Democratic parties, others need not waste their time. Party candidates will take a position in the great political spectrum of Conservative vs. Liberal ideology and lay personal claims to this creed of "right vs. left". These regularly scheduled …

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How Art Made the World : Art of Persuasion

In this BBC series from 2004, Dr Nigel Spivey investigates everything from cave paintings to ceramics, pyramids to palaces and icons to artifacts across five continents and 100,000 years of history. The leaders of most modern countries exploit a powerful political tool - the power of images. These techniques, in fact, were invented thousands of …

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The Kennan Memo – The Vague and Unreal Objectives of US Foreign Policy

George F. Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American adviser, diplomat, political scientist, and historian, best known as "the father of containment" and as a key figure in the emergence of the Cold War. He also served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. In others words, one hell of an influential …

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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

With support from the Foundation, Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, has been studying economic inequality and political power in the United States. His project, entitled "Inequality and Democratic Responsiveness," relates policy preferences expressed by low, middle, and high income Americans with actual federal policymaking between 1964 and 2006. Gilens' analyses show enormous …

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Polyarchy: A Quick Definition

William Robinson, Editor: “Critical Globalization Studies” on Polyarchy: "The definition of polyarchy in the social sciences is a system where participation of masses of people is limited to voting among one or another representative of the elite social class in periodic elections. In between elections, the masses are expected to keep quite, to go back …

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The Problem with Plato

Our modern society would have you convinced that we owe a great deal to the likes of Plato and Aristotle. School books are filled with praise for these so called “lovers of wisdom”. We are all too familiar with Plato, but how many of us are familiar with the teachings of Democritus? How many of …

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