Northern Dragon

… life in the twilight years of modern-day democracy …

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Binding the Beast

In 1776 the Scottish economist and philosopher, Adam Smith, released his magnum opus, “The Wealth of Nations” and laid the foundation for classical economic theory – and modern Capitalism. The world at that time was significantly simpler in many ways than it is today, and our knowledge of economics, sociology, and politics has advanced considerably since then. But underneath all of our modern-day complexity, the economic foundation is the same: […]

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Autocracy Resurgent

“Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, president & statesman It is an interesting contradiction in modern times that even as we live in democracies, we spend a […]

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The Price of Democracy

Democracy was invented by the Greeks. But their philosophers had very grave doubts about it and generally did not believe that it could be brought to work. Socrates explained it like this: Imagine an election between two candidates: a doctor and a sweet shop owner. The sweet shop owner would say of his rival:“Look, this person here has worked many evils on you. He hurts you, gives you bitter potions […]

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The Grapes of Wrath

We live in a world of scarcity, of needs and wants and unfulfilled dreams. And we, ourselves, are the ones who made it that way. Not because it seemed good or wise to do so, but simply through ignorance – and a lack of caring. We are the stewards of the world. And it has not prospered whilst in our care. Nor, in fact, have we done all that well […]

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