The Thesis of Dominant Culture: Eurocommunism, Weltanshauung and Zeitgeist (VIDEO)

INTRODUCTION The discourse on non -western cultural expression, its ontology and its fundaments are consistently hijacked by proponents of what I call Eurocommunists; leftist forces in and outside Western academia in fact challenged proponents of capitalism and Western culture nothing more, nothing less. The silence of non-western scholarship in this discourse became cloaked by writers [...]

The Moral Foundations of Good Governance

One of the biggest differences between strong and weak states is the nature of the moral imperatives that operate in the public realm. Whereas in well-governed countries, people feel obligated to act according to certain minimum ethical standards, in badly governed countries they do not. There are many reasons for this divergence, most notably differences [...]

Innovation in Institution Building: Rule of Law Think Tanks

One of the key causes of state fragility is the incoherence of legal systems. Whereas in developed countries, one single system exists and is effectively enforced, in fragile states multiple systems work side-by-side, each weakly enforced, and often operating in contradiction with each other. Creating a unified and robust system of law is thus one [...]

Why Blacks don’t make it … and other anecdotal imageries of generational and structural poverty in the Caribbean

Introduction A heated and one-sided debate on ‘Why Blacks in Suriname are lagging’ has captured my attention in recent weeks. Astounding was the fact that some individuals voiced their opinions by capturing key-issues and deep-seated problems in anecdotal imageries and parlance of Blacks as an unsuccessful ethnic category in Surinamese society. These pronouncers who positioned [...]

Islam and the crusading West

“Crusading” has its origin in the Christian crusades that opened the Orient to Europe for long-distance trade, followed by Iberian colonial adventures, followed by northwest European colonialism. In short, the crusades in the Holy Land were the start of Western expansionism and in many respects, as some in Fernand Braudel’s Annales School have argued, account [...]

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