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Emperor Christie’s world of absurdity and delusion
Hocus pocus: “Meaningless talk or activity, often designed to draw attention away from and disguise what is happening.”   Battered, bruised and politically bloodied by the spectacular collapse of Baha Mar, mostly the result of the blisteri...
 
 
Finding prosperity for our nation
Last week this column discussed the decline of our national prosperity and the pride we once had in it. We noted our bleak economic conditions and the limited hope for improvement. In the end, we asked: What can we do to make things better? In this e...
 
 
Building a smart Bahamas
Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “the only thing that is constant is change”. The irony of this quote, which is a reality, is the fact that one of mankind’s greatest fears is change. Moreover, the paralysis brought...
 
 
Too much to lose, pt. 2
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato   Three weeks ago we published an article entitled “The Philosopher King”, in which we observed that “in o...
 
 
The View from Europe: Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship
Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper “Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?”. Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators ha...
 
 
Assertive politics and liberation
Caribbean politics has become a matter of routine, and somewhat predictable. There are the usual inter-party struggles, but not in a manner that threatens the stability of the party or political system. When elections approach, there is infighting ov...
 
 
Perry Christie: The emperor of farce
Prime Minister Perry Christie is the master of farce and artifice, an impresario at substituting good governance and sound policy for public relations stunts and meaningless speech with as much value as cotton candy or a magical potion from a snake o...
 
 
Prosperity lost
You know, there was a time when we were a proudly prosperous people. Wherever we went in the world we took pride in our economic fortunes. It was no secret. We were the financial jewel in the crown of the Caribbean. We were the envy of developing cou...
 
 
Government intervention in the private sector
The indomitable and admirable spirit of the Bahamian was on full display during the recently concluded Summer Olympics in Rio. We commend all of our athletes that represented us with distinction whether they obtained a medal or not. A grateful nation...
 
 
Too much to lose, pt. 1
“The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”– Edmund Burke   Last week we published an article entitled The Philosopher King. In that article, we observed that “in our modern Bahamas, our smartes...
 
 
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