Kuidas ja millist lugu suudavad erakonnad valijatele rääkida?

Oluline osa poliitikast on see, et erakonnad suudavad valijatele rääkida loo sellest, mis toimub riigis, mis on meie olevik, mida toob tulevik ja kuidas valijad ja poliitikud peaksid koos selle poole edasi liikuma. Kuidas saavad sellega hakkama meie erakonnad, kui valimisteni on jäänud veel natuke enam kui neli kuud? Reformierakonnal sisuliselt lugu puudub ja nende…

Blood-Letting in Estonian Politics

The change in the leadership of the Estonian Centre Party on November 5th 2016 that led to the rapid formation of a new coalition between the Centre Party (CP) as the new party of the Prime Minister, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (PPRU) and the Social Democrats (SD) was not just another government…

Eesti erakondade toetus, 2007-2017

  Meil on saanud peaaegu igakuiseks poliitikast rääkimise institutsiooniks see, et üks kahest küsitlusfirmast on teinud järgmise erakondade toetuse küsitluse, tulemused on kajastatud meedias ja siis kõik mõtlevad ja kommenteerivad. Kes liikus kolm protsenti üles, kes kaks alla? Mida see kõik tähendab? Miks see on juhtunud? Enamus nendest küsimustest on täiesti tähtsusetud, kuna väikesed kõikumised…

What do we talk about when we play punk?

It was maybe already a year ago when my friend Fede suggested an idea that we should try to do an analysis of punk lyrics. Because this was a side project for the both of us, things dragged on and it took a while before we could gather the lyrics (from www.plyrics.com — an awesome…

How a progressive academic journal should look like? A few wandering thoughts.

  Anybody familiar with the process of academic publishing should know that there are a range of quirks in the whole process, which make publishing often a frustrating game of luck that can take years from submission to publication or eventual rejection. Journals are overburdened and get much more submissions than they can handle; editors…

Artificial Intelligence — Thoughts on Ex Machina and Automata

A few days ago I watched two surprisingly good movies on a similar topic — how human future might be entangled with artificially intelligent robots. The first, Ex Machina, has a typically Hollywoodian feel to it — a totally implausible general setting and story-line, which reeks of idiocy. A genius programmer with a major hipster…

About How Self-Help Books kind of Piss Me off

I recently finished, in terms genre, quite a classical self-help book for smokers to help quitting – Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking. I had heard some good things about the book, so my expectations were probably higher than they should have been – it did have some good and valuable points, but these…

The new Star Wars: it is not a sequel, it is an “awakening”

The concept of a sequel usually means that a story and/or characters that are related to the previous movie appear in what is essentially a new film with a distinct plot. The original Star Wars movies were that, as well as the horrible disasters that George Lucas created later under that name. Indeed, this is…

Carl Sagan – Contact

Although I had seen the movie several times, it took me unjustifiably long to get to reading the book. I enjoyed the movie and especially in this case one could expect that the Hollywood machine would only ruin the original and that the book as always would be much better. Which indeed was so. Carl…

Insight of Classics in Party Literature

A few months ago I had the pleasure to (re)read some of the classics in the literature on political parties – Robert Michels, Moisei Ostrogorski (and yes, I did not read his mammoth two volume masterpiece in full, I skimmed through most and read just the more important parts) and some of the texts that…