Cameron’s Civil War, Erogan-Putin, Super Freak, Trump’s No Republican

Cruel cartoon.

What I’m listening to. 

The Nutcracker, Act 1 Tableau I: Part II March

Lots of work after June 23rd.

Cameron’s toughest time will begin on June 24

Even if he wins the referendum, the prime minister will face growing calls for his departure. He needs a 1,000-day plan.

Parliamentary games in London too.

Telegraph - Government caves in to pressure from Tory MPs to avoid embarrassing Queen's Speech defeat

David Cameron has caved in to pressure from Eurosceptic Conservative MPs who threatened him with a damaging rebellion over the Queen's speech.

Another strongman leader on Europe’s fringe …

Financial Times - Erdogan’s march to absolute power has Berlin’s blessing

The president’s choice of Yildirim for prime minister will not check his aims.

Quote - “Linking these issues was always a deadly trap. It has the potential to become even deadlier as Turkey is likely to become an absolutist regime while still claiming EU membership.”

Hooked on antibiotics.

Economist - Antibiotics: When the drugs don’t work

How to combat the dangerous rise of antibiotic resistance.

Tyranny of the slim majority.

Washington - This is how fascism comes to America

The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.

Quote - “But what he has tapped into is what the founders most feared when they established the democratic republic: the popular passions unleashed, the “mobocracy.”

 

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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

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