“Their men in Washington: Undercover with D.C.’s lobbyists for hire” by Ken Silverstein (Harper’s Magazine)Need to rebrand a dictatorship so that it’s more acceptable to the powers that be in Washington DC? Ken Silverstein talks to two lobbying firms on behalf of Turkmenistan…
Sudanese critique of China’s involvement with local development, and an interesting argument that China’s problems with African development are a reflection of its own development problems, not the problems of neocolonlaism
Zittrain outlines the generativity argument and the dangers of net abuse leading to a closed internet for a Harvard Business Review audience
An important, if depressing, article which points out that politically repressive nations have been growing much faster than democracies in recent years.
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politically repressive nations have been growing much faster than democracies in recent years.
Haven’t the democracies been playing with “globalization” (read: megacorp favoritism), “capitalism” (read: kleptocracy), and increasing income inequality, at least in the US? Also, at least some of them have been pouring money down military ratholes, like dictatorships tend to, so they’ve lost their advantage on that.
Kind of makes sense they’re not doing so well, no?
Maybe they should have limited the study of democracies’ economic performance to democracies. I hear Denmark’s doing rather well.