To understand the wave of “little pink” ultra-nationalism sweeping the People’s Republic of China, it is instructive to examine “Xi Jinping’s thinking on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.” Incorporated into the constitution of the Communist Party of China at its 19th Congress in October 2017 and commonlyRead More →

Cryptoculture Cryptocurrencies are best understood by examining the community structure and the cultural values ​​they exhibit, rather than the economic activity they create. Cryptocurrencies are truly “cryptocultures” and these cultures are many, a plurality. I define a cryptoculture as an open source community with its own micro-economy. Each culture integratesRead More →

June 22, 2021 1:27 p.m. ET Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip “Peanuts”, in 1978. Photo: Getty Images Michael Taube’s June 18 review of Blake Scott Ball’s “Charlie Brown’s America” (Library, June 18) recalls two beloved “Peanuts” comics cut decades ago. Here is the first: Linus: I’m interestedRead More →

Phil craig writes that in just 24 months, greater provincial autonomy, including the option of outright independence, has shifted from political obscurity to the dominant political philosophy of the Western Cape. It is only at the very end of a Sherlock Holmes novel that a series of seemingly harmless eventsRead More →

Sarawak Bersatu Party Chairman Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh (left), seen with Batu Lintang See Chee How MP, speaks at a press conference on March 9, 2021. – Photo by Sulok Tawie KUCHING, April 4 – The Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) has been urged not to question the political philosophyRead More →

Boris Johnson recently told a private meeting of Tory MPs that the success of the UK’s vaccination program was due to capitalism and greed. By associating capitalism with greed, it can be inferred that Johnson’s understanding of capitalism is reductive, deceptively confusing enlightened self-interest, property rights, and individualism with theRead More →

Nigerian politics are described by observers and analysts as politics without ideology. The only dominant ideological front seems to be ethnicity and tribalism. With over 100 years of nationhood and around 60 years of independence and autonomy from Britain, Nigerian politics are still steeped in crisis and instability caused byRead More →

Poonam Datta Hollywood actor Martin Sheen’s recent recitation of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, “Where the Mind is Without Fear,” once again demonstrates the continued universal appeal of the poet’s signature composition. Tagore’s vision of transcending time, place, space and national borders continues to resonate with the dreams and hopes of peopleRead More →