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The case for legalizing paid surrogacy

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The case for legalizing paid surrogacy

Spain’s government has recently urged the Attorney General to investigate the operations of businesses offering surrogacy services. Despite not providing any evidence to support her claims, the Minister of Justice accused some of these businesses of child trafficking, criminal organization, money laundering, and false documentation. Surrogacy is unlawful in Spain, although companies…

Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

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Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

It is an antiphon, declared over and over again in public opinion. From high-level intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to the average citizen, everyone agrees: control by the big bosses over the media protects the former from being targeted by the latter. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber was already warning of the danger of journalists losing control of their media to big business almost 60 years ago.…

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

“The civilizational ‘us’ and the extracivilizational ‘them’ is a constant in human history”.[1]  Samuel Huntington’s observations summarized in the above quote offer valuable insight, mostly regarding the mentality of former empires and great powers. For Romanians, the opposite is true. The ‘abroad’ has always been civilized, while we…

Political violence is unacceptable

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Political violence is unacceptable

In the wake of the ratification of the CETA agreement, environmentalists and anti-free trade zealots are ganging up on politicians who voted for it. This can't become the new normal.   Incidents in France   The French National Assembly recently approved CETA, a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. The left-wing media outlet Mediapart consequently published…

Independence and specialization: part I

Independence and specialization: part I

Despite the contemporary narrative surrounding the decline of low-skill manufacturing jobs, specialization as the only source of stability and career path is the historical norm. During the Colonial era, the standard professional arrangement was tradesman, and with it apprenticeships.  As part of the apprenticeship process the final stage was achievement of Master status obtained either…

Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

Let a Euro trip be your lesson: big government on the old continent is way worse than some politicians would have you believe. During the summer months, many young Americans make a trip across the pond to visit the old continent. They have good reason to do so. Europe is a gorgeous continent of stunning beauty and amazing cultural heritage. Americans are very welcome tourists, notably because…

Government bloat: societal divide

Government bloat: societal divide

In his writing regarding the ratio of federal employees to federal contractors (1.5 million : 15 million), economic historian and professor Brian Domitrovic argued that the contractor bubble is rooted in a desire to undermine the private sector. His argument is that federal contractors are in reality federal employees under a different name. The root of Domitrovic’s thesis lies in American…

A selfie in Pripyat

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
A selfie in Pripyat

I experienced some social media backlash after posting a selfie from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Beyond the usual problem of annoying comments, this experience raises questions about our current social media use.   Ferris wheel selfies   The iconic ferris wheel in Pripyat, abandoned inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone since the accident in 1986, is a good place to take a selfie.…

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