Category Archives: Media

How to Save Ukraine


By Keith Darden – Inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events; the struggle between Russia and the West has been a catalyst, but not a cause.

The protagonists in this conflict are subnational regions.

The EU association process, and especially the protests, repression, and revolution that followed, activated very deep and long-standing divisions between them.

Unless Kiev deals with its regions and installs a more legitimate, decentralized government, Ukraine will not be won by the East or the West. It will be torn apart.

Kiev needs to transfer some very substantial powers, including those over education, language, law, and taxation, to the regions. more> http://goo.gl/N0fbWm

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The Role For The Business Press As Watchdog And Think Tank


By Paul Glader – News organizations could do a better job of labeling and explaining the difference between news and opinion. And news organizations should recognize their potential to expand their opinion and analysis role.

Employing more experts and producing new kinds of reporting and analysis is a smart way forward for news organizations. more> http://tinyurl.com/p7xpwoh

The Social Media Frequency Guide


By Kevan Lee – Good content can be found in a multitude of places, and once you find it all, the next question you may ask yourself is how often you can share.

Informative versus annoying. That right there is the heart of why any of us care about posting frequency at all. We want to provide value, but we don’t want to go overboard.

Where’s the fine line? more> http://tinyurl.com/o6jja68

The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century


BOOK REVIEW

Capital in the 21st Century, Author: Thomas Piketty.

By Matthew Yglesias – There are different concepts of capital floating around in the economics literature. But Piketty uses an expansive definition of capital so that it is the same as wealth.

The fortunes of the wealthy were destroyed by two world wars, the Great Depression, and extreme wartime finance measures.

Then a few decades of rapid economic growth created a situation in which newly earned income was a much bigger deal than old wealth.

In the contemporary environment of slow economic growth, Piketty says this process is over.

Unless drastic measures are taken, the future belongs to people who simply own stuff they inherited from their parents. more> http://tinyurl.com/lyn4pjv

Why Street Protests Fail


By Moisés Naím – Why? How can so many extremely motivated people achieve so little?

In today’s world, an appeal to protest via Twitter, Facebook, or text message is sure to attract a crowd, especially if it is to demonstrate against something—anything, really—that outrages us.

The problem is what happens after the march. Sometimes it ends in violent confrontation with the police, and more often than not it simply fizzles out. more> http://tinyurl.com/lzzg6dx