Common Decency in the Populist Era

Nicolette Makovicky, Jonathan Larson, and Juraj Buzalka
June 11, 2020

The call for decency in contemporary Slovak politics speaks both to new conservatives and old liberals.

Remembering Jan (Bratislava, March 2019). Jonathan Larson

In December 2013, the former secondary schoolteacher Marian Kotleba was elected governor of the Banská Bystrica region in Central Slovakia. Kotleba was the leader of the neo-fascist People’s Party Our Slovakia, which claimed to stand up for the rights of “decent people” (slušní ľudia) in the face of corrupt politicians, “Gypsy criminals,” and the shadowy international forces of global capitalism (Walker 2019). He found his strongest support amongst the region’s first-time voters.

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A person with a short beard and shaved head wearing a black suit jacket with a red tie stands behind a podium and appears to be in the middle of a speech.

Sovereign Wealth and Custodial Finance in Norway

Knut Christian Myhre
June 3, 2020

At a time when COVID-19 causes economic and market turmoil, milestones marking financial success and stability may seem part of a distant past. Yet, less than six months before Norway entered lockdown due to the coronavirus, the country celebrated just such a moment. The cause for that celebration is crucial for the solid state of the Norwegian economy, as the minister of finance recently declared, and the government’s concomitant ability to respond to the situation through economic policies. It is therefore worthwhile casting our minds back even under these altered circumstances.

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