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Paul Mason’s “PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future”

A short review of Paul Mason’s “PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future”. Continue reading

More Constructive Ways To Commemorate National Service

S$100 vouchers are nice (TODAY, May 18). A campaign for the public to salute national servicemen may seem respectful (TODAY, Jun. 18). And free bus and train rides for servicemen in their uniforms are well-appreciated – albeit somewhat contrived – gestures (TODAY, Jun. 19). But to meaningfully celebrate 50 years of National Service (NS), these one-off, short-term initiatives should be completed by broader policy discussions for the long-term, and in particular to improve the well-being and experiences of full-time national servicemen (NSF). In fact, these improvements should be based on direct feedback, not views filtered through the chain of command. Otherwise, these nice and respectful gestures will do little to advance conscription or NS for the next 50 years. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Chaos In Venezuela (June 12 to 17, 2017)

In the past six months, protests in Venezuela – opposing President Nicol├ís Maduro Moros’s attempts to rewrite the constitution and to prosecute demonstrators in military tribunals – have raged on. For a long time, moreover, the country has been plagued by longstanding political and economic problems, such as triple-digit inflation, food shortages, and the deadly statistic that about one person is lynched every three days, and in this past week the violent protests have not gone away, as reports have emerged that an exodus of doctors is straining a once-vaunted public-health system. Even Pope Francis has been embroiled in the ongoing humanitarian crisis, as Venezuelan bishops are asking him to challenge the human rights abuses and the disregard for democratic norms. If the pope does start sending tough messages, as per “The Economist”: “It could be a unique opportunity to show the world that he can be as a formidable a critic of left-wing regimes and ideologies as he is of conservative and capitalist ones”. Continue reading

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