Archive for March, 2010

The Paternal State, the Liberal State, and the Welfare State

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Philosophy and Political Thought • 47 Comments

For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23 From wealth (khrémata) does not come virtue (areté), but from virtue comes wealth and the whole of other goods (agathá) for men, private (ídios) and public (demósios). Socrates, Plato’s Apology of Socrates, 30b Still one thing more, fellow citizens — a wise and frugal government, which […]

Plato’s Republic, Note Machiavelli’s View of Government

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Western Political Thought • 46 Comments

In his Discourses Upon the First Ten Books of Titus Livy, Niccolò Machiavelli, more famous for The Prince, describes the “various kinds of states” in a fashion similar, but in some important ways different, from Plato. Plato’s description (at left) is really a thought experiment of how his ideal state, the Aristocracy of philosophers, would […]

Plato’s Republic

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Western Political Thought • 76 Comments

Plato usually wrote relatively short pieces, like the Euthyphro, Meno, etc. In all his writings there are only two book length works, the Republic and the Laws. The Laws was the last thing Plato wrote, at eighty, and it is a grim and terrifying culmination of the totalitarian tendencies in his earlier political thought. It […]

Politics and the Ideals of Culture

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Philosophy and Political Thought • 32 Comments

By Tudor B. Munteanu Tudor B. Munteanu is an independent scholar of philosophy who works in the computer industry. In short, I say that as a city we are the school of Hellas, while I doubt if the world can produce a man who, where he has only himself to depend upon, is equal to […]

The End of Dollar Supremacy?

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under EPI • 4 Comments

Daily Article by Antony Mueller | Posted on 10/20/2003 12:00:00 AM Given the current account deficit in the United States of more than five per cent and a negative net foreign investment position of over twenty per cent of its gross domestic product, it is the relative stability of the US dollar that needs explanation and not […]

Praktek Bantuan Asing dan Diskursus Pembangunan

Posted by lmakhasin on March 6th, 2010 under EPI • Comments Off on Praktek Bantuan Asing dan Diskursus Pembangunan

Hubungan yang timpang dengan “dunia pertama” sudah menjadi persoalan klasik yang dihadapi “dunia ketiga”. Manifestasi paling nyata dari ketimpangan ini adalah dalam praktek bantuan luar negeri yang diberikan “dunia pertama” kepada “dunia ketiga”. Sudah banyak studi yang menunjukkan bahwa bantuan merupakan mode baru eksploitasi “dunia pertama” atas “dunia ketiga”. Yang tidak cukup banyak disentuh adalah […]

Money and Power in World Politics

Posted by lmakhasin on March 3rd, 2010 under EPI • 25 Comments

Prepared for inclusion in Strange Power, edited by Thomas C. Lawton and Amy C. Verdun (Ashgate Publishing, 2000). The link between money and power in world politics was one of the most enduring themes in the work of Susan Strange. As she told a young American economist some third of a century ago, freshly arrived […]

History of the Petrodollar: Iran and Iraq

Posted by lmakhasin on March 3rd, 2010 under EPI • 55 Comments

By Jim Willie Monday, April 23rd, 2007 COSTA RICA — The focus on gold and the USDollar alone lacks a crucial factor in maintaining the world currency reserve on its fragile pedestal. The PetroDollar is a term used to describe the close relationship between the USDollar and the crude oil export business dominated by Saudi […]

Century dan Masa Depan Ekonomi Politik Indonesia

Posted by lmakhasin on March 3rd, 2010 under EPI • Comments Off on Century dan Masa Depan Ekonomi Politik Indonesia

Kasus Century telah menyita perhatian publik selama 3 bulan terakhir. Dengan berakhirnya kerja Panitia Angket DPR hari ini, tidak ada jaminan bahwa kasus ini akan segera berhenti untuk diperbincangkan. Kasus Century mencuat menyusul pernyataan Wapres Jusuf Kalla pada akhir Agustus 2009. Jusuf Kalla dengan keras mengkritik kebijakan ‘bail-out’ yang diputuskan KSSK yang diketuai oleh Menkeu […]