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Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 26

Gezien de verstrekkende implicaties van zijn positief oordeel over Napoleon Bonaparte is het belangwekkend nader in te gaan op hetgeen Ian Buruma beweerde tijdens zijn 'gesprek' met Pankaj Mishra op vrijdag 23 juni 2017 in de Bibliotheek Den Haag. Hij zei:
I think that Napoleon is an interesting thing to talk about because, yes, a lot of people were killed as a consequence of his military campaigns, but his brand of universalism is actually something we — in this country as well as other countries — still benefit from, the idea of equality for the law and so on, did come from them (Napoleon en de Verlichtingsideologen. svh), the emancipation of minorities came from them, precisely because he had the idea of the universality of rights, and that not just one particular elite or one particular people deserved rights, but that it were universal rights. 
Is Buruma's claim juist dat Napoleon in ‘the universality of rights’ geloofde? Was de Franse keizer er werkelijk van doordrong…

Economic Update: Morality and Economics

Economic Update: Morality and EconomicsFriday, November 03, 2017 By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment  font sizePrint  This week's episode discusses low-paid service jobs in the future of the US, the Senate deregulating banks, how college spending per student reinforces income inequality, how loneliness in the US is a factor in illnesses and premature death, University of Chicago grad students unionizing, how Brazilian civil and religious authorities push almost-rotten food for the poor, and the costs of pollution. Also included is an interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on the psychology and economics of the sex work industry.