Maximilian Kriz

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

Conscience in theory, pollution in practice

Conscience in theory, pollution in practice

di Maximilian Kriz

The peoples of the world are heading towards environmental (and social) disaster. Unless we price carbon appropriately, we can only blame ourselves. Newspapers like to refer to one metaphor over and over again: The UK would be tiptoeing on the edge of a cliff due to Brexit, about to be suffering a deep fall. Although this might be a lovely… continua

Pencil politics: The news in cartoons

Pencil politics: The news in cartoons

di Maximilian Kriz

Political cartoons capture entire debates within a single frame. What do they tell us about the key events of the past week? Are political cartoonists the better political correspondents? Their oeuvre might suggest so. Within a very confined space and with a limited amount of words, cartoonists capture the ironical essence of a political or social phenomenon – be it… continua

Red ne va plus

Red ne va plus

di Maximilian Kriz

The Socialist parties of Germany and Austria are heading for heavy defeats in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Their enemies have been well prepared, but inaction and internal disputes do not win votes either. It should have been the highlight of the German election campaign but instead turned out to be more harmonious than aggressive. On Sunday, the leader of the… continua

Deep wounds: The 2007 financial crisis does not let go

Deep wounds: The 2007 financial crisis does not let go

di Maximilian Kriz

Ten years on, the most important economic indices are pointing upwards. Those numbers are misleading: The wounds of the financial crisis still have not healed, and they won’t do so very soon. It’s not your typical anniversary, because there is nothing to be celebrated nor commemorated. Instead, the tenth anniversary of the start of the global financial crisis should allow… continua

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