Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 31, 2016

Effective Government

                                                                     Luis Rubio The need for and importance of an efficient government is obvious and should not be cause for much discussion. However, after reading the fascinating book of Micklethwait and Wooldridge*, it appears evident to me that this will not […]

January 26, 2016

Gostujoči komentar: Trump in Severna Koreja

 Luis Rubio Trump ni neumen niti nerazsoden igralec, pokazal je velikansko spretnost pri prevzemanju jeznih volivcev. V vsakem primeru je njegova iracionalnost, kot pri severnokorejskem vodji Kim Jong-unu, sad računice. V nasprotju s poklicnimi politiki zelo slabo pozna javne politične zadeve, toda zaradi tega ni niti iracionalen niti posebno ideološki. Trump se ne drži nobenega […]

January 24, 2016

Trump and North Korea

Luis Rubio Is Trump as irrational as many brand him? Is he a fascist as other affirm? The evidence to date, as an excellent article by John Cassidy* suggests, is that he is a highly ignorant actor but, at the same time extraordinarily shrewd in the management of public opinion and the media. Reading about […]

January 17, 2016

The Panacea of the Centralized Command

Luis Rubio In Greek mythology, Panacea was the goddess of universal remedies: there was no ill she could not cure. That is what the concept of centralized command (mando único) seems like, which in recent years became a mantra: no sooner in position, this one and only police command structure will solve the security problem […]

January 10, 2016

What’s Next?

Luis Rubio We should “try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past”, sentenced Miguel de Unamuno, the enlightened Spanish philosopher who confronted the hordes of fascism at the time of the Civil War. The beginning of the year is auspicious for reflecting on how it would be possible […]

January 3, 2016

Problematic Productivity

                         Luis Rubio Among the few things on which there is no dispute between politicians and economists is the relationship between productivity and economic growth. No one doubts that greater productivity translates into greater growth. It would seem evident that the total national effort […]