Dani Rodrik dubs “the inescapable trilemma of the world economy”.
In a globalised world, a country can have economic integration, the nation-state or democratic politics, but not all three fully.
—The Economist, in ‘The tension between globalisation and democracy’
It can choose integration and the nation-state but give up democratic control to technocratic, supranational institutions. It can choose integration and democracy, but give up the nation-state and disappear into supranational government. Or it can choose the nation-state and democracy by embracing impoverished autarky.
Pompey the Great would snap at magistrates who challenged him: “Cease quoting laws to those of us with swords.”
Eventually all pretense of civility was dropped and Rome was engulfed by a series of destructive civil wars that destroyed the republic once and for all.
— The Washington Post, in Perspective | This is how republics end
Ultimately, the British people voted for a departure but not for a destination, which is why what really matters is allowing them to vote again on the final deal, giving them the chance to say no to an irresponsible hard Brexit that risks our economy and our jobs.
—Tim Farron, then leader of the Liberal Democrats, in 2016
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George Weah, the only African footballer to have won both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, will net another prize today when he is inaugurated, after winning an election in December. His accession will also be a milestone for democracy in West Africa: it will be the first peaceful electoral transfer of power in Liberia since 1944.
From Economist Espresso, Monday 22 2018
In Wisconsin 51% of voters picked Democrats in the 2012 state legislative contests, but Republicans took 60 of the 99 Assembly seats.
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Some countries build benign, efficient institutions that foster economic growth;
others build predatory ones that retard it.
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