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Can Facebook remake government?

Excerpts below from an article in TechCrunch last about about the prospect of Facebook and other social media to remake government around the world. Is there hope? Mark Zuckerberg has a grand vision that Facebook will help citi...
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Saying of the day: 6/17/13

“People should appreciate who gets to run for office when you have a [public financing election] system [like the one in New York City]. Librarians run for office, ex-teachers run for office — not just people who have a...
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Saying of the day: 6/12/13

  “Culture is like marmalade. The closer you get to the bottom of the jar the more you try to spread what’s left.” — Anonymous (Paris, 1968)
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In praise of subjecthood (of the right sort)

Living in Europe today is akin to being a subject in some latter day Holy Roman Empire, that “political commonwealth under which the Germans lived for many hundreds of years.” So says Brendan Simms of Cambridge Univ...
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Whither liberalism

Political and economic liberalism have come under heavy and sustained attack as many countries struggle to find responses to the prevailing economic malaise. But for the staleness of much left-of-center political thinking, libe...
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Saying of the day: 6/7/13

  “Like the Spartans, Thebans, and Thespians at the Pass of Thermopylae, the Greeks were sacrificed to buy time for the alliance.” — Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph
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Where in Athens not to go out alone at night

        Crisis maps: an innovative way to measure the very real threat to civil society posed by violent attacks on migrants in Athens. Users are invited to submit reports here.  
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Paraphrase of the day: 6/6/13

If you are reading these lines, you are very weird. You’re spending spare time considering arguments about politics, which most people don’t bother to do. — Ezra Klein
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Inaugural European Citizen’s Summit

The eight networks member of the Civil Society Contact Group, a cross-sectoral coalition of NGO actors, are organizing the first Citizen’s Summit taking place in Brussels from 24 June 13.00 to 25 June  14.00 2013. The e...
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Saying of the day: 6/4/13

    “Wherever you go, there you are.” — Ben Bernanke
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“Public administration is almost a bad word…”

The Volcker Alliance was launched in 2013 to address the challenge of effective execution of public policies and to rebuild public trust in government. As a nonpartisan organization based in New York City, the Volcker Alliance ...
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Turkey and the EU redux

  This is a question on the tip of many people’s tongues, in Europe and elsewhere. As the folks at Debating Europe phrase it: should Turkey join the European Union? Have events in Turkey the past few days changed opi...
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Saying of the day: 6/2/13

  “At least he [Erdogan] is leaving us some crumbs. The previous bastards never gave us everything.” — Turkish supporter of the AKP
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Suddenly, elections that haven’t much mattered may have a real impact

Catchy title in today’s euronews: “Could youth vote stir up next European elections?” Excerpts from Anders Melin’s article below. “A survey released by the European Commission last week showed 65 p...
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Why is competitiveness important?

Economists and others have stqated repeatedly that Greece needs to become more competitive to remain within the eurozone. We are rarely told why. Here, Stefan Garelli of IMD explains the meaning of competitiveness in this clip ...
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Join in to unf_ck the world

June 8 is “Unfuck the World Day.” Seriously. According to the team at UFTW, “Unfuck The World Day is dedicated to all the people who are awakening, who get up, go out and make this world a better place, every ...
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Happy birthday, coalition

By Nick Malkoutzis It is one year to the day since Greece held its second general election in two months and third in three years. What better way to celebrate the occasion than trying to relive the uncertainty and tension we e...
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Saying of the day: 6/19/13

    “We didn’t decide that Greece was in trouble; Greece was in trouble…” — Jean-Claude Juncker
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Civic Work, Civic Lessons

Civic Work, Civic Lessons explains how and why people of all ages, and particularly young people, should engage in public service as a vocation or avocation. Its authors are 57 years apart, but united in their passion for publi...
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2014: Voting as European citizens

Excerpts below from an article in yesterday’s New York Times by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Felix Marquardt, founders of Europeans Now. “The time is ripe for a transnational, transgenerational, transpartisan, grass-root...
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