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The dictum is to have one subject per letter. This paradise is no longer possible when time passes and letters and subjects accumulate. Let me take stock of some findings on democracy. Economic theory needs a stronger defence against unwise application of mathematics. Mathematicians are trained for abstract thought and not for empirical science. Their …

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There is a bizarre incomprehension of democracy. I was inclined to say in the English speaking world – UK, USA, India – but there is also France, with the upcoming elections for the French National Assembly 2017. Also France has a system of District Representation (DR) rather than Proportional Representation (PR). Examples of PR are …

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Two days ago Wilfried Martens (1936-2013) died, a remarkable Belgian politician, who started as a rather radical flamingant who longed for Flemish independence, became Belgian Prime Minister (1981-1992) where he created the current federal structure of Belgium, and who worked at the EU parliament towards some form of EU confederation. Very special. In Belgium too, historian …

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The German euro-critical voice did not reach its national Parliament. Its electoral system requires a party to have at least 5% of the vote before it can partake. The new euro-critical party Alternative für Deutschland got 4.7% which is just insufficient. I don’t agree with the economic analysis behind AfD – see my alternative monetary …

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Writing a weblog is fairly easy. You watch some television and internet sites, the subconscious mind creates a text and suddenly (after a night’s sleep) your conscious mind observes that you are creating a new weblog entry. Wow. You only have to edit it, that is the hard work. Today, September 22 2013, Germany has its …

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