How The Rich Rule US Democracy

Rodrik-e1357149035508Dr. Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy.

It is hardly news that the rich have more political power than the poor, even in democratic countries where everyone gets a single vote in elections. But two political scientists, Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University, have recently produced some stark findings for the United States that have dramatic implications for the functioning of democracy – in the US and elsewhere.

The authors’ research builds on prior work by Gilens, who painstakingly collected public-opinion polls on nearly 2,000 policy questions from 1981 to 2002. The pair then examined whether America’s federal government adopted the policy in question within four years of the survey, and tracked how closely the outcome matched the preferences of voters at different points of the income distribution.

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Technology and Education-2nd article

JP Bio PhotoDr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, publisher of www.GavdosPress.com and Founder and former CEO, JP Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation

The international economy of the future will depend more and more on the development and application of new technologies and on our educational system.

How well we convert new scientific knowledge into practical benefits will have much to say about the growth of nations, the rise of living standards, and the well-being of the global population that is estimated to double within the next fifty years.

Yet it seems that our policy-makers and our educational institutions and the constituents they service are allergic to the accelerating rate of progress.

Our political, and to some degree unfortunately, our educational systems are not yet equipped to anticipate and assimilate change.

The problem is compounded by a growing suspicion of technology by the public: a suspicion born of incidents, accidents, scare stories, and often just plain sensory overload.

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An Editorial: US return to strategy holds out hope and danger

nikos_konstandarasMr. Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily.  He is also a contributor to The BusinessThinker.com -

The  march of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has forced the United States to refocus on a region from which it has been trying to disengage. For the past few years, US strategy in the Middle East and Central Asia was based mainly on selective strikes against terrorist organizations and the steady withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan, as was achieved in Iraq in 2011. President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday, in which he laid out his plan for crushing the unilaterally declared “Islamic State,” or ISIS, signaled a dynamic return to the region with a strategy that holds both hope for success and the danger of further chaos.

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Obama had to make the case to his compatriots that the Islamic State constitutes a threat to their country’s safety and interests, and he had to assure them that he would not lead them into a new war. He made clear that the disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent occupation would not be repeated. He stressed that Washington was forging a broad coalition with Arab, Muslim and European states; whereas the United States would provide air power and military advisers, ground troops would come from the Iraqi army, Kurdish troops and other enemies of ISIS.

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