Why Western political systems are losing their appeal – Big Think


via Why Western political systems are losing their appeal – Big Think

  • Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world’s population.
  • European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we’re seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.

Did you know…


… that today is the birthday of the St. Jude Hospital for Children? In 1962, the St. Jude Research Hospital for Children was opened in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, with help from Dr. Lemuel Diggs, on the premise that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”

— Danny Thomas

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains
  2. Drop off teddy bears to police department to give to traumatized children
  3. Say something nice to someone
  4. Organize a carpool
  5. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – 6 February


International Day of Zero Tolerance

This day is an effort by the UN to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: A look at practices around the world that actively harm women’s health

Infographic idea: A look at the communities that practice FGM

Video idea: What is FGM and why is it still practiced?

Podcast idea: Moving on to the future: How we can build a society that values women

Brand campaign that worked

In a campaign to raise awareness against FGM, Amnesty International designed a series of posters with blooming roses stitched to restrict their growth and beauty.

 

R/andom Phrases of the day


  1. Cup Of JoeMeaning: A cup of joe is an American nickname for a cup of coffee.
  2. Goody Two-ShoesMeaning: A smugly virtuous person.
  3. A Chip on Your ShoulderMeaning: Being angry about something that happened in the past.
  4. Yada YadaMeaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.
  5. In a PickleMeaning: Being in a difficult predicament; a mess; an undesirable situation.

Did you know…


… that today is the Birthday of the Flush Toilet?  In 1837, Thomas Crapper invented the modern flush toilet. He patented an improved version of the flush toilet on January 17, 1861. Thank you, Thomas! 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”

— Clementine Paddleford