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Goodbye freedom, democracy and the rule of law
Essay: Social media’s historic political disruption
It is now clear that social media is a historic technology that is changing politics forever. It has destroyed the monopoly over the dissemination of ideas, connects like-minded people across borders and empowers political fringe groups. All this is making democracy increasingly unruly and difficult to maintain, but it also ...
Opinion: Brexit and ‘peak populism’ in Europe
The UK Parliament’s moves to block Brexit from occurring without a deal on October 31, 2019, has prompted some to say that Europe has reached “peak populism.” As the British case shows, though, societies remain polarized and democratic rules continue to be bent. What happens next in the UK may ...
From decentralized democracy to centralized bureaucracy
Under the guise of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was implemented in 2018, EU governments are collecting and sharing citizens’ financial data in ways that violate democratic privacy rules and go well beyond the legitimate needs of combatting tax evasion and money laundering or terrorism. This overreach is part ...
Political and economic freedom in Africa
Development performance throughout the African continent reflects global trends. Free regimes tend to go hand in hand with economic freedom, resulting in growth and increased human development. With sound economic reforms, this virtuous circle could intensify.