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REQUIEM FOR SOCIALISM IN VENEZUELA

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REQUIEM FOR SOCIALISM IN VENEZUELA

Latin America has throughout its history been required to endure attempts at imposing collectivist institutions, resulting in a type of poor economic performance comprised of sluggish development, blatant inequalities in the distribution of wealth, widespread poverty, anti-productive and stagnating distribution of huge reserves of wealth, all of which when taken together lead to an idiosyncratic…

The future’s in the garbage patch

The future’s in the garbage patch

  It does not matter to which part of the political spectrum one adheres, what religion they have or how much time they spend outdoors when considering the question of waste management. It is most likely quite clear to everyone that they prefer to breathe fresh air and live in a place that is clean and free from pollution. Unfortunately, there are circles where it has become almost taboo…

Slowing Down: On Existential Motivation and Work-Life Balance

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Slowing Down: On Existential Motivation and Work-Life Balance

  In a world living life in the “fast lane”, many will find it hard to achieve a balance between career and personal life. Most of one’s youth is spent trying to build themselves up professionally. And most of one’s old age is expected to be spent reaping the fruits of earlier labor. Yet, might there be more to the equation? We know the impact which diet has on our…

THE BATTLE OF IDEAS VS THE MARKET OF IDEAS

THE BATTLE OF IDEAS VS THE MARKET OF IDEAS

In the FMRS of Seville, Enrique Fonseca (co-creator of the libertarian Youtube Channel Visual Politik (visualpolitik.net)) said that there is not such thing as a BATTLE OF IDEAS but there is a COMPETITION OF IDEAS. And that’s why he said that if you want to win the cultural battle, you have to think about it like if it was a marketing campaign. And, although I agree with him, I think…

Be Wary of Authorities… On Climate and Otherwise

Be Wary of Authorities… On Climate and Otherwise

by Federico N. Fernández The recent events in Houston with the Hurricane Harvey have brought -once again- the issue of climate change to our attention.  Political figures such as Jean Claude Juncker, Al Gore, and Barack Obama, just to name a few, often referred to a survey that asserts that 97% of world’s scientists believe in man-made climate change. This assertion is…

Europe’s precious rituals: A plea for the art of dining

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Europe’s precious rituals: A plea for the art of dining

                           There is something very special in Europe which brings its people together in a cheerful and harmonious way, while also helping it pass down generations worth of life enhancing wisdom. It is something which can probably only be appreciated when one no longer has access to it. I am referring to…

Open Discussion Is the Cornerstone of a Healthy Democracy

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Open Discussion Is the Cornerstone of a Healthy Democracy

One of Karl Popper’s most influential book is ‘The open society and its enemies.’ Published in 1945, he even considered it his own contribution to the effort of World War II. Popper believed that in Ancient Greece we could find the first traces of Western open societies. Their main feature is that nomos (legal order) is no longer part of the physis (natural order). Thus, in an…

To be or not to be European?

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To be or not to be European?

This article will be the first in a series entitled "Lessons from the US: What Europe can learn from the US and the mistakes it needs to avoid." If we are serious about building a better future for the European continent we cannot avoid looking at what policies and ideas have worked or failed, both at home and abroad, throughout history.  The US, one of the most powerful nations…

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