Defective Democracies

With a friendly slap in the face and shake of the hand, the president of the European Commission addressed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as “dictator” during his visit to Latvia in…

The Catalan Catch-22

If he negotiates, he loses. If he uses force, he loses. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has dug himself a into a hole where the only remaining options are to give something up– either relinquish …

Cut Out the Middle Man

How Elections Hurt Our Democracies Representative democracy began thousands of years ago in the Roman Republic. The Romans favored this system over the direct democracy of the Greeks, for good reason:…

The European Union: A Little Gratitude

Chaos and bloodshed flicker across news screens discretely in an almost routine manner. To Western society in the current era of diplomacy, murder and terrorism almost always come across as distant fo…