The Berggruen Institute, an independent, non-partisan "think and action tank" that is co-publisher of The WorldPost, announced this week that Craig Calhoun will become the new president of the organization. Professor Calhoun will leave his current position as director and president of the London School of Economics and Political Science in the summer of 2016 to take on this new role.
A year after the launch of The WorldPost, the hunger for an expanded global conversation is stronger than ever. Wherever we are in the world, we're living in a golden age of engagement for news consumers. And as the media landscape has evolved, The WorldPost has evolved along with it, while staying true to our DNA of combining the best of traditional journalism with the best of an open media and new technologies.
Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has argued that "liberal democratic societies cannot remain globally competitive" because their decision-making mechanisms are anachronistic. As Orbán sees it, the alternative is to build what he calls an "illiberal" democratic state. And this, he posited, is not a personal whim: "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal, maybe not even democracies, yet they are successful."
The paradox of this historical moment is that we see across the world -- in Ukraine, Egypt, Thailand, Turkey -- that elections in and of themselves are not the standard of legitimacy. Only strong institutions can sustain democracy. But institutions alone without democratic legitimacy conferred upon them, as we see in the European Union, are also not sustainable.
A group of some of California's most powerful billionaires say they plan on putting a $10-billion tax increase on the November 2012 ballot. Calling it...