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Technocracy in America by Parag Khanna | Kirkus Reviews


“In western thought, a deep complacency has set in that confuses politics with governance, democracy with delivery, process with outcomes,” he notes. “But the ‘will of the people’ is not just to repeat their desires over and over without results.” Khanna recommends a combination of democracy and meritocratic rule—“direct technocracy”—which would chasten the demands of an often myopic public with the long-term judgment of the nation’s “best and brightest.” The author’s model for direct democracy is Switzerland’s, while his exemplar of technocratic oversight is Singapore’s, and he ably discusses both.


Exxon Mobil boss named as Secretary of State

American diplomacy has always been focused, at least in part, on the control of foreign oil resources.

Alan Greenspan, then head of the Federal Reserve who consulted with George W. 296 more words


Mexican general: Stop using army in drug war

In Mexico, the war of drugs has become more than a metaphor, as military troops have been ordered into the field, engaging in armed conflict with troops from the cartels, a policy which has lead to growing body counts on both sides. 419 more words


Oyo govt. to reduce maternal mortality

Oyo State Government on Friday said it would continue to give priority to child healthcare toward reducing maternal mortality in the state.

Dr Abdul-Azeez Adeduntan, the Commissioner for Health, told newsmen in Ibadan at a news conference to herald the 2016 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week (MNCHW). 311 more words

Oyo condemns violence in Ibadan ...holds Town Hall Meeting in Saki Tuesday

The Oyo State Government has condemned the activities of hoodlums who invaded the Kudeti and Isale Asaka areas of Ibadan saying that it would use the full apparatus of government to deal with any individual who engages in violence that is inimical to the peace in the state. 392 more words