Manipulated protests

In earlier posts, I described the need of governments to maintain a super-majority that consents to the rule of the majority.   There is a need to adjust policies to build sufficient numbers who commit to consent of government that any protest of the remainder can be tolerated and managed.   Protests will be self-limiting…

Achilles Heel of Democracies

I continue to follow the unfolding drama of Venezuela and Ukraine.  They have reached an unfortunate stage where there doesn’t seem to be any kind of deliberative solution.  In each case, some side needs to establish some calm and normalcy so that a peaceful economy can resume and allow for the return of more democratic government in the more distant future. On an…

Venezuela is not about toilet paper

It is very irritating that so many news articles on recent events in Venezuela keep mentioning the absence of toilet paper as if that’s why people are rebelling.  Only secondarily is it mentioned that people are having problems getting fresh milk, flour, or other staples.   The lack of commodities is secondary to the government’s…