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Toward a Successful Society: a New Model of Democracy

Democracy is a political system of competition for power. Functional democracy is a form of democracy that functions in the interest of the people. In a democracy the people are sovereign – they are the highest form of political authority. … Continue reading

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Building a Community of Leaders and a Real Fourth Estate

In Europe, going back to medieval times, the people who participated in the political life of a country were generally divided into three classes or estates. The Fourth Estate is a societal power, force or institution whose influence is not … Continue reading

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Paradox of Social Action Analysis of the Unexpected Revisited

Neoliberalism, a policy model that advocates the control of economic factors to the private sector from the public sector, has been a dominant ideology since the 1980s. Economic growth is the main purpose of the neoliberal agenda; it is becoming … Continue reading

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Recession Hurts While Austerity Kills Dreams and People

Since 2008 trickle-down economics has been kept alive by the austerity delusion – combined inordinate fear with buoyant optimism – of the rich, the bankers, the mainstream economists and the media rather than reality. It has been a decade since … Continue reading

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Today’s Metanarrative Hides an Assault on Truth and Reality

More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit “truth” as one of the ‘grand narratives,’ or a metanarrative which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in. Instead of “the truth”, which was to be rejected as … Continue reading

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Seeking Happiness Seems to be Part of System Justification

An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities – neoliberalism favors certain personality traits and penalizes others. Our society constantly proclaims that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough, all … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Illusion of Prosperity is Critical to the Economy

The illusion that the standard of living has not dropped during a period of wage stagnation is because of non-mortgage forms of debt. The financial crisis of 2008 was in part the result of a consumer that had exhausted their … Continue reading

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Discourse and Democracy: the Exercise of Social Power Exploitation

Democracy is eroding across the globe – at least being transformed in such a way that we have to rethink what it means and how it works. How would one measure democratic backsliding in a country? Many believe the best … Continue reading

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Globalization and Individualism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discovered the natural laws of motion, which provided the final piece to the puzzle, establishing the Copernican theory of the Earth revolving around the sun, introducing the spirit of individualism and the idea the study of human … Continue reading

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A Social Constructivist Approach to Change

With the increasing socioeconomic inequality, we recognize the need for change. An interpretative framework for analysis is social constructivist thought – knowledge is not passively accumulated, but rather, is the result of active learning by the individual. In attempting to … Continue reading

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