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There are demonstrations and then there are demonstrations

By David Wisner I have been watching the anti-gay marriage demonstrations in France for some time now (live blog here). Were one perfectly objective, one would appreciate the degree to which a grass roots mobilization of civil ...
 
 
 

Wanted: the right kind of Greeks

By David Wisner A contestant in a British reality show called “The Apprentice” has indicated in an interview that there are certain types of children she will not allow her own kids to play with. For one, they need ...
 
 
 

Independence day, for whom?

Politis found this note on Facebook today. Apparently citizens were discouraged from attending today’s Independence Day parade in downtown Athens. “When the public cannot be trusted to celebrate their country’...
 

 
 

Truth or dare 2.0?

By David Wisner Ask a young person today whether they like politics. More than half the time they will respond in the negative. Why do they dislike politics? Overwhelmingly, because politicians are corrupt and dishonest. (Now d...
 
 
 

Sinking in our own shit

By David Wisner Here is something I had been thinking a lot about before it happened. We all want action to be taken to avert or resolve a crisis. We all want to believe that we can contribute our small part in the effort to cl...
 
 
 

Who is to blame?

Two very symptomatic editorials featured in the Sunday news, both tending to focus blame for Greece’s woes on specific elements in Greek society. In the first, an editorial in the New York Times by Kostas Vaxevanis, the e...
 

 
 

Civic education in Greece*

By David Wisner Last November the Dukakis Center hosted an international symposium on political reform in Greece. We brought in a wide variety of distinguished practitioners, scholars, and journalists to engage in a frank publi...
 
 
 

Right, left, and Nixonian

By David Wisner “No one,” writes David Hawkings in his blog in today’s Roll Call, “expected Obama would get to a second term and find his legislative agenda suddenly frozen in the face of a bipartisan wa...
 
 
 

@#$% democracy

I first saw this illustration on Facebook early this past Monday morning, after I had read initial accounts in the Greek press on voter turnout in the September 20 general election. My first reflex was maybe to share it with aw...
 

 
 

Citizen conductors

By David Wisner The latest initiative from the group Improv Everywhere in New York: citizen conductors! What a great idea! Here is the description from their website: “For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orches...
 
 
 

Sins of our fathers

By David Wisner On days like this past Sunday (March 25) we celebrate the heroic exploits of our forebears. We characteristically posit that knowledge of such exploits constitutes one of the cornerstones of modern citizenship. ...
 
 
 

The Bourgeois of Calais

Le référendum a été un désastre : tels les bourgeois de Calais, Tsipras a dû se rendre à Bruxelles le 12 juillet avec un projet d’accord encore plus dur que celui qu’il avait soumis à référendum. It’s not an...
 

 
 

Strategic agility in Greek human resource management

By Konstantinos Bouas and Petros Katsimardos Introduction Human Resource Management policy is probably the most important challenge for Greek public administration, given the severe on-going crisis and the need to sharply reduc...
 
 
 

Wanted: leaders and local color

Surveying the panoply of contemporary European leaders, John Lloyd quips in Reuters, “All this grey almost makes you wish for Silvio Berlusconi to return, to lighten the mood.” “At times it seems that Europe, ...
 
 
 

Which Greece, which Europe

By David Wisner Two public speeches this past week have turned as sharp a spotlight on the future of the EU and certain of its members states as have few events since 2009. First, the leader of Greece’s main opposition pa...
 

 
 

Political extremism and violence

By David Wisner Takis Michas has written about political extremism and violence in today’s Protagon. “Is there really a difference,” he asks, “between the violent tactics used or condoned by SYRIZA (riot...
 
 
 

Fathers, sons, and political preferences

By David Wisner There is a wide ranging debate ongoing these days about the sources of political behavior, be they social or  genetic. Elias Dinas of the University of Nottingham has published a very interesting bit of researc...
 
 
 

Female, Aboriginal, Educated, and Idle No More

A great story published in today’s Globe and Mail focuses on the driving forces behind Canada’s Idle No More movement. They call themselves an “indigenous rights revolution” aiming at honoring and fulfil...
 

 
 

In search of a Greek social contract

By David Wisner I’ve been thinking a lot about the American Declaration of Independence. Let me explain by way of an anecdote. Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s long-time business associate, is blind in one eye, owing...
 
 
 

Yes? No? Vote, and stay engaged

We have an expression in the US. “Vote early and often.” Lest you think I am encouraging you to commit voter fraud, I actually have something else in mind. If you vote when young you are likely to continue to want t...
 

 
 


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