Maximilian Kriz

Trumpian trade theory: Raise tariffs and risk retaliation

Trumpian trade theory: Raise tariffs and risk retaliation

di Maximilian Kriz

Protecting jobs by raising tariffs? Trump’s desire to make American industries great again creates global mistrust and leaves Americans worse off. What is the right thing to do in politics? Keeping unemployment low is the obvious answer for most decision-makers. When it comes to achieving that objective, the means reveal the politician’s ideological mindset. Unsurprisingly, the American President Donald Trump… continua

Pencil politics II: Trump and Avengers inspire cartoons

Pencil politics II: Trump and Avengers inspire cartoons

di Maximilian Kriz

In terms of appearance in political cartoons, there is a clear winner: US President Donald Trump. He should not feel too flattered about this achievement, though. Recent events demonstrate once more that the global world order depends on the mood and machinations of the American President. The conflict in Syria, Iran’s position in the Middle East, dialogue with North Korea,… continua

The death of democracy in the 21st century

The death of democracy in the 21st century

di Maximilian Kriz

Unemployment, inequality and popular discontent undermine our belief in democracy, just as they did during the runup to World War II. But are comparisons with the dramatic 1930s really justified? 2016 was an annus horribilis for political observers. First Brexit happened, then Trump was elected President, and both campaigns were overshadowed by a Russian army of fake news reporters. However,… continua

Stop calling Putin a Machiavellian!

Stop calling Putin a Machiavellian!

di Maximilian Kriz

Putin’s authoritarian leadership is often compared to Machiavelli’s ideal ruler in The Prince. This is absolutely justified – but can serve as a potent excuse to violate human rights. Rarely has a 500-year-old book such practical relevance in today’s global politics. When Niccolò Machiavelli published his treatise on ideal leadership, The Prince, in 1515, he could not have anticipated its… continua

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