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Dieser Blog bietet Ihnen Kommentare von Mitgliedern der E+Z-Redaktion zum aktuellen Geschehen. Pro Woche erscheinen ein bis zwei Beiträge. Die Leitfrage ist, ob etwas internationale Entwicklung fördert oder behindert. Der Blog erscheint nur auf Englisch.

von Hans Dembowski

Yascha Mounk’s assessment of the rise of populist leaders

Yascha Mounk’s book “The people vs. democracy” is a forceful appeal to fight populism and defend the established principles of constitutional democracies. Mounk does a great job of elaborating the many ways in which democracy is currently at risk, but his use of the term “democracy” is superficial. If we reduce it to the rule of a temporary majority or – worse – maroritarianism in the sense of big population groups deserving privileges, we ultimately play into the hands of irresponsible populists.
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von Hans Dembowski

Kishore Mahbubani asks: “Has the west lost it?”

Kishore Mahbubani is a public intellectual from Singapore, where he teaches public policy at the national university. He has a long track-record of criticising western powers. His latest book, however, expresses the hope that they might finally stick live up to their own principles. Most of all, he wants them to practice the multilateralism they have been preaching to others for decades.
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von Hans Dembowski

Fake narrative in The Economist

Fake news in the media is getting a lot of attention these days – for good reason. It is worth pointing out, however, that false narratives can distort coverage too. I found a recent example in The Economist so irritating that I wrote the author an email, which I think is worth sharing with you. The Economist does not indicate contributors' names, so I addressed the author by the name of his column.
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