Tedenski izbor

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Since Thomas Hobbes, many people have embraced the illusory notion that society is made up of individuals. According to this view the only fair competition is between individuals, without undue benefit from family connections.
But no society has ever been this way. Individuals don’t come fully formed. They emerge out of families and groups. The family and the group are the essential social unit. These collectives have always shaped public life.
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The philosopher Michael Oakeshott once observed that it takes three generations to make a career. That is, the skills that going into, say, a teacher — verbal fluency, empathy, endurance — take a long time to develop. They emerge in grandparents and great-grandparents and are passed down magnified through the generations. I bet you can trace ways your grandparents helped shape your career.

Mothers and Presidents – David Brooks, The New York Times

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Cameron states that for too long ‘we have been a passively tolerant society’ and is presumably ‘pumped-up’ at the possibility of actively changing this image. But, in truth, Britain has strayed a long way from the Enlightenment conceptualisation of tolerance, which advocated robust engagement with others over matters of principle while recognising and accepting the need to live side-by-side.

In recent years, British society has become not tolerant but indifferent to the mores of others, preferring to turn a blind eye to outlooks and activities deemed not too threatening. You can believe anything you like, so long as you don’t believe in it too much, has been the unstated outlook of the authorities. Now, Cameron seeks to shift gear from passive indifference to active authoritarianism.

Anti-terror: the perversion of tolerance – Bill Durodié, Spiked

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Europe’s ongoing malaise has reignited the old debate over which form of government produces better economic performance. Are authoritarian regimes, with their ability to ram through unpopular choices, more effective at generating growth? Or does liberal democracy, with its built in checks and balances, yield greater material prosperity?
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The truth, of course, is that authoritarian systems – whatever their short-term successes in holding the line against irresponsible policies – are unsustainable in the long run. A lack of accountability inevitably produces corruption and inefficiency – problems with which China is now wrestling.
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Whether at the European level or in individual member states, the authority for ensuring long-term economic growth should be precisely and clearly delegated to agencies that derive their legitimacy from the democratic process, while being protected from its baser whims. The sustainable alternative to democratic decision-making is not authoritarianism; it is the implementation of mechanisms that ensure that cool-headed deliberation is not undermined by the heated response to an immediate crisis.

Democracy Versus Growth? – Harold James, Project Syndicate

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Der Umgang mit dem 8. Mai ist ein weiteres Beispiel dafür, wie bereitwillig die deutsche Rechte den Linken jede Deutungshoheit über Geschichte und Werte überlässt. Und eine Rechte, die nur Protest kann, aber kein vorzeigbares Wertekonzept hat, wird die Mehrheit des Bürgertums auch weiterhin nicht überzeugen können.

Musste der 8. Mai an die Linken gehen? – Peter Hammelrath, blu-News

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Zdi se, da bo vlada sanirano in dokapitalizirano NKBM na koncu kupcem kar podarila. Preberite tule: ([damijan.org]). Tudi sam že nekaj časa opozarjam, da je trenutno čas za prodajo bank v Evropi res slab in da bi kompetenten prodajalec s prodajo bank počakal dve ali tri leta. Upam, da ima vlada koga, ki ji to zna pojasniti. Vlada se seveda izgovarja na zaveze Bruslju, v resnici pa gre za direktno posledico njene neresnosti in nesposobnosti. Če bi imeli vlado, ki bi s strukturnimi reformami in privatizacijo mislila resno, bi se brez dvoma lahko z evropsko komisijo dogovorila za zamik zavez, ki jih je Slovenija sprejela o privatizaciji NKBM.

Če bi imeli tako vlado, bi bilo tudi resnih kupcev za naše naložbe veliko več. Ker pa je komisiji po dogajanjih v zadnjih tednih popolnoma jasno, da ima opravka s še eno slovensko vlado, pri kateri je prazno govorjenje o reformah samo pretveza za obnovo postsocialističnega statusa quo, lahko pričakujemo, da bo komisija nepopustljiva na edinem področju, kjer ima res neka izvršna pooblastila, torej na področju državnih pomoči. Cerarjeva vlada je torej le še ena v dolgi vrsti, ki dela davkoplačevalcem izgubo z vsako svojo potezo.

House of bluff – Blaž Vodopivec, Finance

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Če bo definicija gotovine ostala takšna, kot je predlagana, bo Zakon o davčnem potrjevanju računov imel precejšnje gospodarske posledice. Je namreč eden od primerov, ko se država vmeša v sam proces poslovanja v času prodaje in ne v času računovodenja. Podjetja so navajena, da je računovodstvo tisti del poslovanja, kjer se je treba prilagoditi državi in pripraviti poročanje, kot ga zahteva lokalna zakonodaja. Relativno redko pa je, da država predpiše poročanje v drugi funkciji poslovanja.

To pomeni, da bodo z naslednjim letom naenkrat postali neuporabni vsi programski paketi, ki ne bodo posebej prilagojeni za delo s slovenskim FURS-om. Večina startupov uporablja neslovenske rešitve, ker imajo pač tuje kupce in poslujejo po svetu.

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Vlada RS se ne zaveda, da se je konkurenčnost mednarodnega poslovanja za mala podjetja v zadnjih 5-ih letih bistveno spremenila. Startupi že danes uporabljajo tujo programsko opremo in večino svojih poslov ustvarijo na tujih trgih. Kot taki morajo poslovati konkurenčno in bolje kot druga mednarodna podjetja, saj naslavljajo iste, mednarodne kupce.

Nespameten način uvajanja davčnih blagajen bo slovenska starup podjetja izgnal na tuje – Anže Voh Boštic, Pod črto

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Nekaj med nami pa je bilo tudi takih, ki so na trgu dela izviseli. Ti so bili najglasnejši. Za odhod kolegov v tujino in za lastno nesrečo so kakopak krivili državo. Njena naloga naj bi po njihovem bila — zagotoviti delo vsem. Popravek: ne delo, ampak delovno mesto. Po možnosti nekje blizu, najdlje v sosednji vasi.

V nekem trenutku sem se počutil, kot da sem potoval s časovnim strojem in poslušal debato v drugih časih in v drugi državi.

V nečem so imeli sicer prav. Seveda lahko krivimo državo.

Kjer se solidarnost konča, se začne legitimno ropanje – Domen Uršič, FokusPokus

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V manj kot 24 urah in na razdalji manj kot enega kilometra sta se zgodili dve proslavi konca druge svetovne vojne. 8. maja, na dan, ko zmago v Evropi praznuje Zahodna Evropa, je bila državna proslava v Križankah. 9. maja, na dan, ko zmago praznuje Sovjetska zveza, je bila mestna proslava na nekdanjem Trgu revolucije. Dve proslavi, dva koncepta, skoraj bi lahko rekli dve civilizaciji.

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Srebrn rob tega oblaka je, da ta prelomnica ne teče po istih črtah kot naš prelom med levico in desnico. Trk civilizacij v Ljubljani je bil mehak, ampak se je zgodil. Ne da bi desnica imela kaj pri tem.

Trk civilizacij v Ljubljani – Žiga Turk, Planet Siol

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For most of my time at Cato, I took what is today the conservative orthodox line on climate, which is that it’s unclear how big a problem it is, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and there’s probably more of a chance that it’s going to be a relative non-problem than it will be a problem. Given that, the premiums associated with addressing it in the manner environmentalists wish to address it were so high, it was not worth the policy.

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So that was my line. But I began to change, maybe five or six years ago, for several reasons.

One, the scientific evidence became stronger and stronger over time. A lot of conservatives think of climate change as similar to the population issue. You have to remember, in the ’60s and ’70s people were frantic about population growth. And it just peeled away as an issue, simply because it was wrong — or the projections were. And so I would say the same thing: [climate change] is just one in the endless parade of environmental apocalypse stories.

But in this particular case, the concern has been with us for over 30 years, and the case isn’t getting weaker. It seems to get stronger. And while one can do some gymnastics to continue to defend the “there’s nothing to see here, folks” argument, it became harder and harder. It’s not irrelevant that the smart skeptics still remain a tiny, tiny minority [in the scientific community], even to this day.

The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action on climate – David Roberts, Vox

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Corporations have joined forces with Republicans on economic matters and Democrats on social ones. Corporate America is aligned with the ascendant ­libertarian portion of each party, ensuring a win for the political, economic, and ­social preferences of libertarianism. In effect, there is only one functional party in America today, seemingly parceled between the two notional parties but in reality unifying them in its backing by financial and cultural elites.

What this means is that today’s cultural power elite is entirely aligned with the economic power elite, and they’re ready to steamroll anyone in their way.

The Power Elite – Partick J Deneen, First Things

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Overall, my experience at the March for Marriage reminded me that traditional marriage supporters, especially Christians, have a long way to go in their dialogue with current cultural trends on gender, sexuality, marriage, and family issues. We too often rely on circular or unconvincing arguments, and so rarely approach this dialogue in a spirit of love (or even civility). However, in spite of our own failures to communicate, we can still have hope knowing that the truth itself, when fully articulated, is a fearsome and powerful witness that may yet have an impact on our society. Are we willing to think honestly and communicate virtuously about these serious questions?

A muted conversation on traditional marriage – Andrew Cuff, First Things

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