What is Democracy?

By NAVID FARNIA In 1899, poet Rudyard Kipling wrote “The White Man’s Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands.”  He wrote the piece after the U.S. annexed the Philippines from Spain as a result of the Spanish-American War.  The poem conveyed the white man’s responsibility to “civilize” non-white peoples around the world.  Kipling touted … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Free Markets, Part 3

Note: This is the third article in a three-part series that appeared this week.  Part 1 analyzed the ongoing protests in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt.  Part 2 looked at neoliberalism’s impact on people of color, particularly in the United States. By NAVID FARNIA In the past few decades, terms like “free market” and “free trade” … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Free Markets, Part 1

Note: This is the first article in a three-part series scheduled to appear this week.  Part 2 will be posted on Wednesday. By NAVID FARNIA Over the past few months, ongoing demonstrations in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt have captured the world’s attention.  While dissenters are risking their lives daily in the streets of Istanbul, Rio … Continue reading