Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hikikomori: Isolated By Choice or Force?

One interesting social phenomenon in Japan involve so-called hikikomori, which is best translated as acute social withdrawal, loners, hermits. These are young people from their teens into their 40s, mostly male, who don’t leave their bedroom, usually in their parents’ house. … Continue reading

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Regressive New Administration in Vienna

With the onset of the new administration in Austria, it is worthwhile to examine parts of their government agenda, some of which makes sense. The administration shows commitment to shift to alternative energy and away from fossil fuels. They want … Continue reading

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The Misrule of Zimbabwe with Uncertain Outcomes

With Robert Mugabe’s handover of power last month, his 37-year rule over Zimbabwe came to an end. The streets of Zimbabwe were filled by celebrations, as a much disliked and incompetent government was finally removed from power. But it would … Continue reading

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Chinese Migrant Workers’ Displacement and the New Stage of Development

When a few weeks ago, fire broke out in a two-story building in Beijing, 19 people died, most of them migrant workers from the countryside (Linder 2017). Migrant workers could only afford to live in certain neighborhoods in Beijing, and … Continue reading

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The National Oligarchy Prevails… For Now

Introduction When David Koch ran on the ticket of the Libertarian Party as vice presidential candidate in the 1980 US presidential elections, he barely got 1% of the vote. Their platform was to drastically shrink the size of the state … Continue reading

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