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Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Politics, Power, Social Psychology, Sociology

That a tenant leader—one who was respected by politicians, shop owners, the police, and others—would praise a crack gang and work so closely with its leader made me realize just how desperate people could become in the projects. But I was learning that Ms. Bailey’s compromising position also arose out of her own personal ambitions: […]

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The Past Was a Time of Robust Political Invective – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Past Was a Time of Robust Political Invective – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Politics, US Politics

They demanded that the Senate expel Huey himself. Former Governor Parker and others formally petitioned Vice-President Garner to appoint a committee to investigate Huey’s fitness to be a Senator, charging that the Kingfish was “personally dishonest, corrupt, and immoral.”. In a covering letter to Garner, Parker advanced another reason that Huey should be removed from […]

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A Bank Run in Louisianna – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bank Run in Louisianna – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Economics, Policy, Politics, Psychology, Social Psychology

(The first man in line in a bank run) soon appeared (at the opening of the bank), waving a check for $18,000 and confident that he, at least, would get his money. Entering the office, he was startled to see Governor Long behind the desk. Huey was waving a check himself. “The state of Louisiana […]

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Governor and Senator at 37 Years of Age – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Governor and Senator at 37 Years of Age – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Politics, US Politics

As there was no Republican candidate, there would be no general election. Huey P. Long was a United States Senator. But until he should decide to take his seat in Washington he was also governor of Louisiana. He had just turned thirty-seven years of age.

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No Music Ever Sounded One-half so Refreshing as the Whines and Groans of the Pie-eating Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on No Music Ever Sounded One-half so Refreshing as the Whines and Groans of the Pie-eating Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Political Communication, Politics, Populism, Quotes

Huey observed their response with amused contempt. “No music ever sounded one-half so refreshing as the whines and groans of the pie-eating politicians,” he said. “They say that they were steamrollered. I think that is true. The only reason that the roller didn’t pass over more of them was because there were no more in […]

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Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power

Louisiana politicians were and are much like feudal barons. They operate as rulers of geographical principalities or personal followings, independently, calculatingly, and sometimes irresponsibly or petulantly. Two barons may seem to be friends and allies, and then suddenly, because one or the other senses an advantage to be gained or is seized by a whim, […]

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Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Ideology, Policy, Politics

“I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” (Ataturk) said shortly before his death. “Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would […]

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For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Democracy, Elitism, Political Communication, Politics

Yet guardians of the old order could honestly say that in their elitism, in their insistence that an “enlightened” vanguard should rule on behalf of the ignorant masses, they were in fact embracing an essential feature of Atatürk’s ideology. He had, after all, given his political party the slogan “For the People, In Spite of […]

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The Young Turks and Ataturk – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Young Turks and Ataturk – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · History, Politics

The Young Turks were members of insurgent groups that defied the absolutism of Ottoman rule during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These groups built a rich tradition of dissent that shaped the intellectual and political life of the late Ottoman period and laid the foundation for Atatürk’s revolution. Their principles were admirable, but most […]

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He could only be removed by violence – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on He could only be removed by violence – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Leadership, Politics

‘My father considered that one day the cup would overflow and the Party would depose him or force him to resign; and that the opposition must propagate this idea.’ ‘And Rubashov?’ ‘Rubashov laughed at my father, and repeated that he was a fool and a Don Quixote. Then he declared that No. 1 was no […]

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