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Subtitles: A Useful Tool in Second Language Aquisition

Subtitles: A Useful Tool in Second Language Aquisition

  Europe is a continent of many languages. Whether it is the European Union’s constant strive to teach multilingualism or individual European countries’ need to engage in multilingual environments, it is clear that speaking more than one’s native language is a must for Europeans. Being bilingual has many benefits for one’s health, such as better memory, stronger…

The Thucydides Trap - As It Applies to Europe

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“There is no week, nor day, nor hour when tyranny may not enter our country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”…

In an age of long lives, living well matters.

In an age of long lives, living well matters.

  As civilization moves forward in its ever-hurried pursuit of technological advancement it is important to remember that there are other sides of human existence which matter, and should not be allowed to wither. When looking at the number of years most of us will spend on the planet, they add up to quite a lot, especially compared to how long our ancestors were expected to live. However,…

Political Mislabels

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Hypocrisy, false labels, can create slogans, but no poems; propaganda, but not life: there are no roots, there are no realities to nurture creative work Pablo Antonio Cuadra (1912-2002) Nicaraguan poet, essayist and critic The Left hijacked the label “Liberal.” Yet they favor an empowered government and diminished rights for individuals. Is it liberal to hamper free speech on…

Taxation horrors and Europe’s frustration

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At their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in mid-September, European Union Finance Ministers discussed new measures for taxing internet-based companies. They want to establish a system that could be brought to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which would adapt these measures to global standards. Whew! Finally, wealthy companies like Google, Facebook and Apple will…

Homeschooling: A Right to Choose

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Homeschooling: A Right to Choose

There are countries around the world where people are allowed to choose an alternative to the traditional educational system for their children. This includes the concept of homeschooling. The country perhaps best known for this is the USA. And here, it seems that colleges are quite eager to accept homeschoolers. In fact, some of the best schools in the US are very much seeking students of such…

Tech taxes are being used to stop business renewal

Tech taxes are being used to stop business renewal

Austria, France and Germany together with other EU-countries made a proposal earlier this month to introduce an “equalization tax” on foreign internet companies. The justification for this tech tax is that companies such as Google, Facebook and Airbnb are not paying their fair share of taxes, and especially not in France and Germany.   The tech tax is meant to “reflect…

Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part III

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Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part III

Refined regime Even if one accepts that radical tax reform is a political nonstarter, it is still important to put forward such projects as forcefully as possible. The reason is that they can serve as a benchmark for evaluating our current dysfunctional tax systems. In addition, these reform proposals can be refined and sharpened in three respects. First, it helps to be explicit about the…

Essay from Essex: "Getting Older"

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”…

Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part II

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Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part II

Modest proposals Free-market proposals suggest eliminating personal and corporate income taxes, replacing them with value-added tax (VAT) or a tax on consumption. Progressivity could be maintained by giving all taxpayers a guaranteed, fixed-sum subsidy. In the U.S. context, a VAT rate of about 20 percent would be sufficient to replace revenue from federal income tax. Governments do not like…

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