New Caudillos, Returning Caudillos, and Last Caudillos

In its editorial on Evo Morales’ re-election victory in Bolivia last week, the New York Times described Morales as one of a group of “new caudillos” threatening “democratic values,” united in their desire to “appoint allies to electoral and judicial bodies and to build patronage networks that turn out the vote,” “weaken institutions,” and assert … Continue reading New Caudillos, Returning Caudillos, and Last Caudillos

Happy Imperialist #Leadership Day from the Keywords #Team! [Updated!]

Every Columbus Day, some of the less historically (to say nothing of morally) inclined out there like to draw fatuous links between the contemporary cult of entrepreneurship and the legacy of Christopher Columbus’ conquest—err, startup—of America some 500 years ago. Who better to take life and leadership lessons from than a famously venal and cruel 15th-century … Continue reading Happy Imperialist #Leadership Day from the Keywords #Team! [Updated!]

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 12: DIY (Do It Your [Damn] Self)

A New York Times op-ed written by Jayne Merkel, an architecture critic, argues that the New York City Housing Authority could address its vast backlog of unfinished repairs—caused by the long-term cuts in federal funding—by training residents to make their own repairs. She calls this “A DIY Fix for Public Housing.”  The argument rests on … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 12: DIY (Do It Your [Damn] Self)