Monthly Archives: September 2015

Getting Ready for the England Trip

This Thursday I will leave the US for about 10 months to resume my studies in Oxford University, doing a one year masters program in comparative social policy. I was very fortunate that these studies are financed by my scholarship … Continue reading

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My First Experience with Google’s Chromebook

I have barely used Google’s Chromebook for a few minutes and am already very dissatisfied by the product. It could be because of the unfamiliarity. It could be because I am not tech-savvy. It could be because I don’t like … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Victory Is a Reinvigoration of Left-Wing Politics and Economics in Europe

Recently, the UK Labour Party has announced that the left-wing Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader with 59.5% of the vote (Mason 2015). This is a candidate, who had very low odds of winning. He only came on the ballot because 15 … Continue reading

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Contradiction in Population Choices: India and China

In a recent post, I had argued that welfare states are prone to contradictions, because it has to be subject to the rules of capitalism which require labor commodification and social protection simultaneously, which per Claus Offe, is inherently contradictory … Continue reading

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Book Review of Claus Offe, “Contradictions of the Welfare State” (1984)

Claus Offe, “Contradictions of the Welfare State” (1984; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press) One of the things I absolutely enjoy when reading a certain group of German social scientists is that they are (1) interested in studying contemporary issues affecting global … Continue reading

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