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Protests in Iran

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/56-protests-in-iran In November 15, the Iranian government led by President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced a 50% hike in gasoline prices by cutting subsidies to relatively cheap gasoline in the oil-exporting country. Immediately up … Continue reading

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Smartphones as Soma: Amusing Ourselves to Death, Again

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/55-smartphones-as-soma-amusing-ourselves-to-death-again The media educator Neil Postman (1985) argued in his seminal book “Amusing Ourselves to Death” that in depicting the technological dystopia that we are living in there is George Orwell’s vision of state oppression and totalitarian rule … Continue reading

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What AI Experts Think about Automation of Jobs

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/54-what-ai-experts-think-about-automation-of-jobs What do AI researcher think about the prospects of job automation? Grace et al. (2018) report that AI researchers “predict AI will outperform humans in many activities in the next ten years, such as translating languages (by … Continue reading

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The Coup against Evo Morales

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/53-the-coup-against-evo-morales On November 10, the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, resigned his post and fled to exile in Mexico. Governments in Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay and Nicaragua promptly denounced the military coup, while the US, the EU, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Branko Milanovic, “Capitalism Alone” (2019, Cambridge: Harvard University Press)

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/52-book-review-branko-milanovic-capitalism-alone The leading scholar of global inequality, who became famous with the elephant graph on inequality (the loser of globalization is the working class of the rich world, while most of the rest of the world directly benefited … Continue reading

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A Return to Peronism?

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/51-a-return-to-peronism The Argentine presidential elections led to the victory of the Peronist Alberto Fernandez, who had on his ticket for vice president the former president Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner (2007-2015), who had followed her husband Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) to power … Continue reading

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Book Review, “Crisis and Choice in European Social Democracy” by Fritz Scharpf (1987, Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/50-book-review-crisis-and-choice-in-european-social-democracy-by-fritz-scharpf I am thoroughly impressed by Frits Scharpf macro political economy framework and he fits in line with other German scholars like Wolfgang Streeck (both emeriti professors at the Cologne social research institute) or Claus Offe. Scharpf … Continue reading

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