Yinchuan: What Makes a City Smart?

Following-up on our latest blog entry about the TM Forum Smart City InFocus conference, this post is going to focus on the host city of the event: Yinchuan. Yinchuan is a city in the northwest of China with a population of about 2 million people, which has been selected as a pilot city to become a…

The Post-Truth Age: A New Myth

Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 1952 presidential election, humorously said in a campaign speech: “I offered my opponents (the Republicans) a deal: if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them.” Political lying was well and hardy in 1952, as it had been over 400 years previously…

Populisms (II): Characteristics

What are the salient characteristics of populism? There’s disagreement on this point, since it can be studied from so many different angles. Nonetheless, we can define it in broad terms: The fundamental analysis revolves around two categories: “normal folk” versus “the elite,” which will have its own nomenclature in every country. “We” are the people…
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