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Amancio Ortega or how anti-capitalist bias clouds the judgement of left-wing populists

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Amancio Ortega doesn’t make the headlines very often. Zara’s magnate, a self-made man who rose from being clerk in a clothing store to founding the largest fashion retailer in the world, has always avoided being in the spotlight, which has worked for him thus far. Yet when one is the sixth richest person on earth, it is inevitable to end up in the news once in a while. Ortega was…

Bill Wirtz: Preview on the EU Elections

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Blogger: Kai Weiss
Bill Wirtz: Preview on the EU Elections

On May 22, days before the European elections, Bill Wirtz, a regular contributor of Values4Europe, visited Vienna and sat down with Kai Weiss to discuss what could happen from May 23 to 26, when Europeans will be heading to the voting booth. At the forefront of the discussion was quickly the potential rise of right-wing forces. “More than a third of the MEPs could be skeptical of the…

Caveat emptor: Or credulity's reward

Caveat emptor: Or credulity's reward

At the end of April 2019, a 28-year old confidence woman, Anna Sorokin, received a lengthy prison sentence for fraud. The sequence of events was cinematic in terms of the audacity of her swindle, which the courts concluded to be well in excess of $250,000. Using the alias Anna Delvey and claiming to be a German trust-fund baby, over the course of four years she materialized for periods in New…

Cogitations: The Essence of the Self and the Longing for the Other

Cogitations:  The Essence of the Self and the Longing for the Other

The world today is busy. Everyone has a place they must be. Everyone has a pressing engagement they cannot miss. Grownups are overwhelmed at work. Children are overwhelmed at school. There is never enough time and always too much to do. What we forget in the midst of our distractedness, however, is to communicate and forge meaningful relationships. In the century of Twitter and Facebook, words…

Liberalism: What's in a name?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Liberalism: What's in a name?

The European Parliament political group ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) have announced the intention to drop the word 'liberal' if an alliance with French President Emmanuel Macron's European "Renaissance" movement is made. That's a good thing for the authenticity of liberalism in Europe.   The alliance   The announcement was made…

Burrowing into Books - "The Golden Hour," by Beatriz Williams

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Burrowing into Books - "The Golden Hour," by Beatriz Williams

“‘The golden hour,’ Wilfred waves his hand at the sun, “…that’s when everything looks  the most beautiful, just before the sun sets. This luminous air turning everything to gold.’”…

What do Europeans think about immigration?

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What do Europeans think about immigration?

According to a recent YouGov poll, 4 out of 10 EU citizens think the benefits of immigration outweigh the costs[1]. Anti-immigration views are stronger in Sweden and Italy, with around 50 percent of respondents claiming that the costs of immigration are substantially higher than the potential benefits. In contrast, only one-third of the Polish population consider that immigrants have a negative…

"Access" to upward mobility: A case study

"Access" to upward mobility: A case study

In June 2016, the New York Times published an exposé on Valparaiso University School of Law and their process for recruiting new students. The piece provoked a polemic on the subject of the place of markets and government intervention in education because it revealed that the problematic practices employed by the school were simply standard for a certain level of institution. It was a very…

The case for the sharing economy

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The case for the sharing economy

The sharing economy is not only a different way of presenting services such as Uber or Airbnb, but actually a wide range of companies that operate on the basis of shared resources to maximise their utility. Innovations in this area, however, require rethinking  the State's current authorisation system to give more flexibility to companies, employees and consumers. Uber’s example…

ALDE's moral high-ground is slipping away

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
ALDE's moral high-ground is slipping away

Prominent ALDE members are continuously criticising the EPP and the ECR for the parties that hold their membership. And indeed, the Hungarian Fidesz is rightfully criticised for still being a part of the European People's Party. Yours truly has been a part of this conversation. ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt continuously goes after Manfred Weber for this reason, but truth be told: the…

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