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Hong Kong and the big dictatorship

What’s happening, for what is now a very long time, in Hong Kong is both appalling and scary, with unprecedented street protests that saw over a million citizens protesting against the power grab from Beijing. Sooner or later, it was expected that China would stretch its grotesque tentacles and impose its ideologically corrupt “state communism”. […]

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Social democracy now and what it needs to be

Since 1945, social democracy has been one of the powerhouses of the political scene, particularly in Europe. While social democracy has stood for some solid principles that sought equity and protection of the less fortunate, the current state of this political ideology in a lot of countries is far from being a serious proposition for […]

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The pillars of democracy

The modern democracy, that most of the nations in Europe and America experience right now, rests on three important pillars, or principles of political organization: the separation of Church and the State the separation of powers in the State freedom of speech and of the Press The second of these political doctrines are by all […]

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Are we in for an economic crisis?

If you open up any financial news outlet these days you can see that one of the headlines is that the euro area growth has considerably slowed down with projections being slashed by 1 percent. That’s a whole deal in the world of economics translating into more than 100 billion euros of productivity losses. In […]

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On the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Perhaps the biggest tech scandals of this decade brought the quasi anonymous political consultancy Cambridge Analytica (CA) into the spotlight. It wasn’t the publicity they wanted but it revealed the extent of businesses involvement in changing political behaviour. It is not surprising anymore that manipulation is often used in political campaigns. In the end, the […]

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Brexit – 2 years on

About 2 years ago, I was packing my bags to move from Bristol (that has been my home for 2 years), to Frankfurt (my current home for nearly 2 years). One month after my move, Brexit happened. Needless to say, I was shocked and disappointed by the results of the vote partly because, within the […]

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Weekly reading list #7

Without further due, I’ve selected 3 readings for this week: A very short article on how the power is shifting to Asia. Of course, by power I mean economic wealth. One on the bitcoin hype… apparently there is a word now for people deriving pleasure from seeing cryptocurrencies fall. This is not the first one […]

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Weekly reading list #6

Another week, another reading list. Let’s keep it short this time, too. The Socio-Economic Review never disappoints. A paper by Natalia Besedovsky on the financialization as calculative practice. A critical study of rating agencies on how the innovations in rating model do not only entail a statistical change but also an epistemological one. It changes […]

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Weekly reading #5

With an apology for the very long break in between, let’s resume this weekly list with less articles from the news and more helpful guidance for the statistician in you. The Administrative Science Quarterly blog has a post on data visualization that will make your data stand out. This paper┬ácalled “An Economist’s Guide to Visualizing […]

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Weekly reading list #4

This week, some interesting stuff going on and the Internet, obviously, picked all these up. A very good piece on Uber. You know already that I am a follower of this company and I wrote several┬ápieces on it (here, here and here). I am still on the fence with categorizing this entity, but what I […]