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V Sloveniji bi radikalen umik države iz gospodarstva in zlasti bančništva dejansko naredil čudež, saj bi politiki vzel instrument, s katerim je doslej zagotavljala svojo reprodukcijo. Zato je edina rešitev za Slovenijo danes radikalna, obsežna privatizacija, zlasti bank, v kateri lastniki (domači ali še bolje tuji) ne bodo mogli računati, da bo njihove dolgove pokrila država, pa tudi, da ne bodo izpostavljeni pritiskom politike ter bodo podjetja lahko vodili odgovorno, s tem pa tudi uspešno.

Država, ki jo je zapustil zdrav razum – Matevž Sedej, Časnik

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Kot bi čisto po šolsko pričakovali, so namreč države z manj reguliranim trgom dela v prvem letu krize doživele intenzivnejše krčenje gospodarstva, a so se tudi mnogo hitreje in odločneje prestrukturirale, kar dolgoročno pomeni precej boljše pogoje za rast, torej več blaginje. In medtem ko nekatere stranke in njihovi podaljški v civilni družbi slikajo pravljično deželo »socialne pravičnosti« (kakršnokoli totalitarno domislico v tistem trenutku pač že skrivajo za to sintagmo), kjer vladajo delavske pravice, dostojne plače, redne zaposlitve, pravica do dela, dopusta, malice, mavrice in samoroga za vsakogar …, sam večkrat razmišljam o tem prepadu med izraženimi željami in nameni na eni strani ter rezultati in posledicami njihovih ukrepov na drugi. Tudi zadnji graf o deležu zaposlenosti v obeh skupinah držav kaže podobno sliko. V državah, kjer je omejitev za delo manj, dela več ljudi in v kriznih razmerah je prilagoditev na trgu dela mnogo hitrejša. In, nepresenetljivo, več ljudi ustvarja dodano vrednost, hitreje se izboljšuje življenjski standard.

Sem za »pravico do dela«, pa vi? – Rok Novak, Finance

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The gay Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan grew up within this atmosphere of upwardly trending commitment to marriage. Is it any wonder he was perhaps the first person to propose the then novel notion of gay marriage in his The New Republic piece “Here Comes the Groom“?

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Gay marriage was NOT a secular idea. The idea was first publicly advocated by a Catholic who grew up with a conservative and marriage-oriented theology.

Even though the idea for gay marriage in the United States comes out of the Catholic tradition, and is profoundly influenced by trends in its theology, that does not mean that it will become normative for that tradition.

Do You Know Why You Can Blame Catholics for Gay Marriage? – Artur Rosman, Cosmos in the Lost

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Meanwhile, authorities are eliminating the political and cultural space for Crimea’s Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians. In March a group of Ukrainians who laid flowers at a statue of Taras Shevchenko, their national poet, were fined some $200 each for “employing Ukrainian attributes”. Last month, authorities detained seven Ukrainians for taking selfies while wearing vyshyvanki, their traditional embroidered shirts. Police also detained a dozen Tatars who gathered in Simferopol’s Lenin Square on May 18th to commemorate Deportation Day, the anniversary of the date in 1944 when Stalin deported all 180,000 Crimean Tatars to central Asia.

Bad memory – The Economist

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Conservatives deserve better than to have their comprehensive vision of the human good treated with contempt. But liberals deserve to have their own moral commitments recognized as what they are — expressions of an absolute (if less-than-comprehensive) moral outlook — rather than dismissed as a diabolical drive toward infinite erotic liberation.

Why social conservatives are freaking out over Caitlyn Jenner – Damon Linker, The Week

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Mac Donald asserted that “several subsidiary untruths buttress that central myth: that the criminal justice system is biased against blacks; that the black underclass doesn’t exist; and that the crime rates are comparable between blacks and whites — leaving disproportionate police action in minority neighborhoods unexplained without reference to racism.”

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“The police could end all killings of civilians tomorrow and it would have no effect on the black homicide risk, which comes overwhelmingly from other blacks,” asserted Mac Donald. “In 2013, there were 6,261 black homicide victims in the United States — almost all killed by black civilians — resulting in a death risk in inner cities that is 10 times higher for blacks than for whites. None of those killings triggered mass protests; they are deemed normal and beneath notice.”

Lie-based Victimology Produces Violence – Ralph R. Reiland, The New American

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So great is the racketeering, says one Iraqi official, that antiquities trafficking is now a prime source of IS revenue. And as Western air strikes bomb the oil installations IS has captured, the need for antiquities-dollars will only rise.

IS is not alone. In an ancient region where state authority has in many places collapsed, armed groups, from the rebel Free Syrian Army to criminal gangs, maintain warehouses stuffed with antiquities, says René Teijgeler, who runs a Dutch-funded NGO, Heritage for Peace, operating on the Turkish side of the border with Syria. Poverty also boosts supply. “A lot of this is subsistence looting,” says James Ratcliffe of the Art Loss Register, a London-based monitor. Gangs have been at work around the step pyramid of Zoser, Egypt’s oldest. A collection of 7,700 ancient gold coins, jewellery and statuettes disappeared from Libya’s main commercial bank in Benghazi.

Save our stones – The Economist

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