Political Corruption

The rising role of money in politics is undisputed - this year, more than one billion dollars will be spent during the US presidential campaign. But what does that money buy? And when do donations turn into bribery and corruption?

An Age of Prohibition...

The fight for money and influence has turned politics into a fertile ground for corruption - in every country. The only effective response is strict prohibition: Politicians must not be allowed to overstep the line between public service and private careerism.

The Gratification Busi...

People who value money are unlikely to become politicians. But corruption remains endemic. Here are five reasons why.

The Poisonous Persiste...

When a lust for power meets with abundant resources, corruption is almost inevitable. The US appears to have found a unique response: Thanks to Citizens United, many questionable practices have now come under the protection of the law.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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