By Ward Just
This is Just's masterpiece - an epic chronicle of 3 generations of Washington energy agents and the womenfolk who enjoyed them (except once they didn't). The Washington publish defined this booklet as "a attention-grabbing if eventually painful fairy story, entire with a relations curse. The decline of the Behls represents the decline of Washington from the brilliant sunrise of the yank century into the collection shadows of an alien new millennium."
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With a brand new creation through the writer, this “erudite and brilliantly readable book” (The Observer, London) astutely dissects the political, financial and social origins of Western civilization to bare a tradition cripplingly enslaved to crude notions of rationality and services.
The Western global is stuffed with paradoxes. We speak forever of person freedom, but we’ve by no means been lower than extra strain to comply. Our company leaders describe themselves as capitalists, but such a lot are company staff and fiscal speculators. We name our governments democracies, but few folks perform politics. We whinge approximately invasive executive, but our felony, academic, monetary, social, cultural and legislative structures are deteriorating.
All those difficulties, John Ralston Saul argues, are mostly the results of our blind religion within the worth of cause. over the last four hundred years, our “rational elites” have became the trendy West right into a huge, incomprehensible, directionless computing device, run by means of process-minded experts—“Voltaire’s bastards”—whose cult of medical administration is empty of either feel and morality. no matter if in politics, artwork, enterprise, the army, entertainment, technology, finance, academia or journalism, those specialists percentage an identical outlook and techniques. the outcome, Saul keeps, is a civilization of monstrous technological energy whose usual voters are more and more excluded from the decision-making approach.
In this wide-ranging anatomy of contemporary society and its origins—whose “pages explode with perception, type and highbrow rigor” (Camille Paglia, The Washington Post)—Saul offers a shattering critique of the political, financial and cultural establishments of the West.
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Those who think Europe to be susceptible and ineffectual are fallacious. Turning traditional knowledge on its head Why Europe Will Run the twenty first Century units out a imaginative and prescient for a century within which Europe will dominate, no longer the US. this is often the publication that may make your brain up approximately Europe. those that think Europe is vulnerable and ineffectual are improper. Turning traditional knowledge on its head, Mark Leonard, one of many UK's such a lot visionary thinkers, argues that Europe is remaking the realm in its personal photo. Europe merely seems to be lifeless since it is noticeable via American eyes. yet America's succeed in is shallow and slender. it may bribe, bully or impose its will at any place on the earth, but if its again is grew to become its efficiency wanes.
Europe's achieve is extensive and deep, spreading its values from Albania to Zambia. It brings different international locations into its orbit instead of defining itself opposed to them, and as soon as international locations come lower than the impact of its legislation and customs they're replaced for ever.
This ebook units up a problem: to treat Europe now not as a tangle of paperwork and rules, yet as a progressive version for the longer term. we won't manage to pay for to disregard that Europe was once based to guard us opposed to struggle and that it's now key to the unfold of democracy? Why Europe Will Run the twenty first Century? addresses Europe's position on the planet, seems to the prior and the long run and argues, provocatively, that it will possibly and should form a brand new and higher global order.
Mark Pittaway. Edited by means of Adam Fabry, Brunel college, London, UK
From the forefront to the Margins is devoted to the paintings of the past due British historian, Dr Mark Pittaway (1971-2010), a well-liked pupil of post-war and modern primary and japanese Europe (CEE). Breaking with orthodox readings on jap bloc regimes, which stay wedded to the 'totalitarianism' paradigm of the chilly battle period, the essays during this quantity make clear the contradictory ancient and social trajectory of 'real socialism' within the region.
Mainstream historiography has awarded Stalinist events as 'omnipotent', successfully stripping employees and society regularly of its 'relative autonomy'. development on a magnificent volume of archive fabric, Pittaway convincingly indicates how dynamics of sophistication, gender, ability point, and rural as opposed to city situation, formed politics within the interval. the amount additionally bargains novel insights on historic and sociological roots of fascism in Hungary and the politics of legitimacy within the Austro-Hungarian borderlands.
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In fact the DPP’s social policy manifestos turned out to be more effective than those of ‘Taiwanization’ in local elections, as some DPP candidates were successful with a policy for old-age allowances. It was also true that a majority of the Taiwanese wanted to avoid the issue of ‘Taiwanization’ because of military intimidation from Beijing. In this context, the KMT, the then governing party, decided to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI) in 1995, five years earlier than planned. Before the introduction of the universal health insurance programme, only public sector employees, school teachers and employees in large-scale firms were covered by the various social insurance programmes.
Varieties of developmental welfare states in East Asia Even though the ‘Tiger’ economies in East Asia share the characteristics of the developmental welfare state, there are differences in the structure of their welfare state. We have also argued that their social reforms in response Huck-ju Kwon 17 to the Asian Economic Crisis were different. Korea and Taiwan moved toward the inclusive type of the developmental state while Singapore and Hong Kong maintained the main characteristics of their selective welfare states.
Nevertheless, the KMT government placed an important conditionality on the new NHI: the government was required to review the administrative and financing arrangements within five years after its introduction (Ku 1998). In particular, a multiple-carrier system was to be considered against the existing single-carrier system. The KMT government started to prepare the NHI reform as early as in 1997. The Department of Health drew up a policy draft for a health system of multiple insurance carriers.
Echo House by Ward Just