Author Archives: Larry Liu

The Declining Fortune of Social Democracy

In the European elections, the Social Democrats had lost 38 seats. The Conservatives had lost 39 seats. The main winners of the elections were the liberals that gained 41 seats (21 of which comes from Macron’s La Republique En Marche), … Continue reading

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Why Freeloading is No Problem

There is a great concern about freeloading in society. But I really see no problem in it, and the ratio of productive workers to everyone else gets smaller and smaller. Only 47% of Americans are in the labor force and … Continue reading

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Notes on Czech Politics

One generalization about Eastern European politics is that these countries are at the forefront of nationalist movements, anti-EU political rhetoric, anti-migrant politics. In Poland and Hungary, one finds the strongest right-wing populist forces, as they dominate the government there. In … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Incompetence in Austria

Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/29-right-wing-incompetence-in-austria The Austrian political system has been under turmoil ever since a scandalous video was published by two German newspapers (Spiegel and Suddeutsche Zeitung), which shows former vice chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache from the nationalist Freedom Party (FPO), … Continue reading

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Testimonies of Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber’s concept of bullshit jobs went viral when he first published his essay in 2013. It resonated widely and was translated into multiple languages. He describes the growth of jobs that workers find pointless or meaningless, and if it … Continue reading

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Open Borders Are the Way of the Future

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/28-open-borders-are-the-way-of-the-future Apprehensions of migrants/ refugees along the US-Mexican border doubled from about 58,000 to 103,000 between January and March of 2019 (U.S. CBP 2019). For FY 2018, the most common nationalities that were apprehended on the southern … Continue reading

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Comments on Dutch Local Elections

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/27-comments-on-dutch-local-elections The Dutch local elections resulted in widespread losses for most political parties, including the governing center-right parties VVD, CDA, D66. Only the CU gained two seats. The left parties SP, PvdA also lost many seats. There … Continue reading

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