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Tyranny and liberty: what’s a good dose?

by Jennie S. Bev John Basil Barnhill once said about socialism, “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” Barnhill’s definition evolved from Aristotle’s, which was “a kind of monarchy which has...

Propaganda dan demokrasi di Indonesia

Kekuasaan kilat berada di tangan mereka untuk melakukan framing alias 'propaganda' langsung (direct propaganda). CALIFORNIA, Jaringnews.com - Bagi yang mengira propaganda hanya terjadi di negara-negara sosialis-komunis–seperti Cina di era Mao...

Obama: Three years later and Indonesia

by Jennie S. Bev My article, “Obama’s Campaign Promises and Us”, was published in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 17, 2008. I expressed my concerns over Barack Obama’s campaign promises both as a young politician who was a junior senator at the time and as the man who was...

Indonesia’s state of democracy

by Jennie S. Bev Indonesia is a democracy, isn’t it? Some academics and pundits posit that it is a democracy by form, but not by substance. Others argue that it is an oligarchy and the rest say that it is a young democracy with a dark shadow of historical...

The constrained and unconstrained views

by Jennie S. Bev  Raphael’s painting The School of Athens depicted Plato pointing to the sky and Aristotle pointing to the ground. It encapsulates the two approaches in how we perceive the world: perfection and grounded reality. These perspectives divide the...

Manicheism in Indonesia

   by Jennie S. Bev  Along with Serbia, Iraq, Iran and North Korea, the peace-building approach in Indonesia is both polarizing and dualistic. In a term used by Johan Galtung, these traits are “manicheistic.” Manicheism itself is a term originated...

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