Author Archives: Larry Liu

Book Review: How Will Capitalism End?

Symptoms of Morbidity in Late-Capitalism If we read Wolfgang Streeck’s (2016) most recent analysis, we might be inclined to think that the capitalist economy is about to collapse. The multiplicity of morbidity symptoms are too numerous to enumerate, but are … Continue reading

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The Political Establishment is Wrong (Yet Again)

The Dutch elections resulted in elation among the political establishment. The reaction is very reminiscent to Alexander Van Der Bellen’s win in the Austrian presidential elections, having defeated the far-right Norbert Hofer. In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders PVV, the right-wing … Continue reading

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Schwarzenegger vs. Trump: A Styrian Oak Resisting The Donald

The big news of the week was that James Robart, a Washington federal judge, lifted the travel ban for seven Muslim countries, whose nationals are now allowed to re-enter the US with their visa and green cards. It was a … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Is Neither a Kantian Nor a Normal Politician

The title of the post may be really obvious to many observers of daily political life in America, but it is still worthwhile to flesh out how the election of Trump ushers in an era of illiberal democracy (Zakaria 1997), … Continue reading

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Review of Rodriguez-Franco: Internal Wars, Taxation and State Building

Rodríguez-Franco, Diana. “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building.” American Sociological Review (2016), Vol.81 (1): 190-213. I found a fantastic case study of internal wars resulting in state-building in Colombia. The author claims that a patriotic desire and fear for their … Continue reading

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The Executive Reign of Terror

Critics of the imperial presidency are having their heyday. They would warn against the rule-making by fiat of a single powerful president. To some extent, the great presidential power might have been made necessary by the ineptitude of US Congress … Continue reading

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The Politics of Populism: Technology and Inequality

The politics of populism is what marks the contemporary political period. In every single election, where the working class is given the opportunity to punish the establishment with a vote that goes against the ruling view, it happens. Brexit, Trump, … Continue reading

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