Business Expropriation Policies and Their Effect on Investment Decisions

What is Business Expropriation?

This is a question that all companies need to ask themselves before they can engage in a business in a country of risks. The term means the process where a government takes over a company or part of the company and makes it the property of the state. It is simply a way of the government confiscating property from an individual and making it a government property. Continue reading

The Role of Government in the Provision of Education

There are many things that the government needs to do to its citizens when it comes to the provision of education. When you are one of the citizens in a country, then it means that you have to demand certain basic services from the government. If you still feel that the government is not doing what they are supposed to do, then you have a right to complain to the relevant authorities. It is the role of the government to provide educational services to the citizens. In the provision of education services, there are a number of things that the government needs to do. These are: Continue reading

Effect Of The Legal System On Business Activity

In all the regions, the effect of the legal system, especially property rights, is quite concise. Do note that the primary objective of an investor, or businessperson, it to benefit from their input. This means that the investor has to have a reasonable assurance of returns from the investment. This means that the government and the authorities should put in place a solid system to protect both the businesses and the clients. The following highlights some of the areas that the two collide. Continue reading

The Importance of Having a Transparent Government

In most cases, governments are seen as dens of corruption and most evils are rooted amongst the politicians. This is why nongovernmental organizations come in to foresee the actions of governments and ensure that they look into any matter that the government is trying to maintain a secret. This is also a role that is bestowed on opposition side of the government who are supposed to act as the watch dogs in uncovering anything that the government tries to hide. Continue reading

Is it That Easy to End Corruption in Government?

People have different views about corruption and government. There are those who believe that corruption in the government can only be lessened but can never end. Others will tend to give possible ways of how we can end corruption some of which may not be completely possible. When we think about political corruption, we are not only concerned with the rigging of elections to get to power. There is much more the government in power can do in an unjust manner. When it comes to employment opportunities in the government offices, the government in power may tend to favor some communities, some family members, friends or even those who fund them. If not so, you may need to cough some cash in order to qualify for the opportunity. This has been seen to happen in many cases and some people have even gone to courts to claim their due after having been denied the opportunity even after coughing the cash. If you are in a Career as a paralegal or a lawyer, you can confirm that this is really true because you might have been approached with such a case. Continue reading

How to Strengthen the Relationship between the Government and the Citizens

The government in any country must ensure that it works hand in hand with its citizens if it wants to reap the benefits of any efforts it puts in. It is the citizens who determine how well the government in office will achieve its objectives as set out in their manifesto. If you isolate the citizens, then you can be sure that you will achieve nothing much. Just like a husband and wife must look out for ways to ensure continuity of their relationship by making each other happy and maintaining a good reputation for the sake of each other, the same way the government must work to maintain a good relationship to ensure that there is mutual benefits between the government and the individuals. Continue reading

Government Run Airport Security Screening

The business traveler who hops on a plane multiple times a week probably doesn’t even blink anymore at airport security. It is a part of his or her daily routine. Many of us, however, only get on a plane once every year or two for that much anticipated summer vacation. Going through security at the airport can be a very confusing. Different countries have different security procedures, and often it appears that there are different procedures in different cities in the United States.

TSA

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) oversees airport security in the United States. It was created in response to the horrible tragedies of September 11, 2001, and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The idea was that a single federal agency would be better able to manage airport security, and protect our air travel, than private companies. The TSA did not completely eliminate private screening, and airports can opt out of federal screening by getting TSA approval and following TSA procedures.

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Is government run security better?

It is hard to assess whether we are better off with or without government run airport security. Certainly, we haven’t had a tragedy to date in the United States like 9/11. However, undercover operations to test security effectiveness routinely show guns and even bombs making it through the security screening. Is it all just a big show and we are just as vulnerable as we were before the attacks?

One of my favorite airport screening stories occurred right after 9/11. A good friend of mine (and an elderly nun) was traveling, and they pulled her aside because they found tweezers in her bag. They told her that metal tweezers were not permissible to bring on to the airplane. She asked what she should do, and they said, “Either throw them away or check them.” Women can become very attached to her tweezers, so my friend had to go buy a box, tape the tweezers inside, and send them along as checked baggage.

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Now, metal tweezers are allowed on an airplane. If they were too dangerous to bring before, why are they okay to bring now? Another one of my favorite old security “no’s” was a screwdriver. I saw a man get pulled aside and he had to discard his tiny tiny screwdriver (we are talking 1 inch long) that was part of an eyeglasses repair kit.

A few of the current security guidelines (according to the TSA website) prohibit:

• Knives (except for plastic or round bladed butter knives)
• Scissors (metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited)
• Tools (greater than seven inches in length). I guess now it is okay to repair your eyeglasses on the plane with a tiny screwdriver.
• Self Defense Sprays (only in checked baggage allowed, and less than 4 ounces)

I hope that the government is doing a good job, but for me, it is hard to have confidence when one day tweezers are deemed a threat and the next day they are not. A six inch tool is okay, but an eight inch tool is dangerous. A very dull knife, one that hasn’t been sharpened with a chefs choice 130 sharpener, no matter what size is probably less dangerous than a pen. I understand we have to draw the line somewhere, but I’m not sure the government knows the right place to draw it.

How Do Most Governments Collect Revenue For Their Budgeting

Many of the governments of the world do operate through the money that they collect in the forms of taxes. This is the money that has to be used for the purpose of funding all the activities of the state such as politics, Education, Agriculture and all the other projects that a government needs to fund. However, does it mean that the government only collects all its revenue through the taxes only? Are there no other means through which the same government can get revenue? This is a common question that people ask. Well, there are many other ways of collecting revenue. Here are the various ways: Continue reading

Easy to Believe and Disengage

Easy to Believe and DisengageThere have been many concerning events taking place in Britain over the last few years, and what is of particular interest to me is how it has been received by the public, which in some cases has either forgotten about, or simply ignored some very serious issues. In a tradition stretching from Edward Bernays, governments and corporations have long used tested methods to control what the public are exposed to, and ultimately what they can think and feel: ‘If you can be told what you can see or read, then it follows that you can be told what you can say or think’. These people control far more than we think from their steel framed buildings, and if we make it easier for them they would only be grateful.

Brief history
Edward Bernays was a nephew of Sigmund Freud, who although was much more famous was by no means more influential than his nephew. Edward Barnays was the founder of public relations, and he basically brought about the discovery of advertising and how the human mind is very impressionable if something is presented in a certain way. This still plays a huge part of how we live today in the age of advertising and how we read news, most of which comes from Rupert Murdoch’s papers which are a massive part of how we receive news.

How do they get away with it?
The biggest revelation to come out recently has to be what Snowden revealed, not only about how our governments are spying on us, but also how information is shared by governments of the world – interestingly showing how Israel is the only country to receive raw data from the US as a pose to the filtered information that others such as Britain receive, however this is only of interest when considering how America appears to be trying to reach some kind of peaceful solution to the war going on there.

Firstly, why would our government want to spy on us when I think it is safe to assume that not all of us pose a threat to society other than some kind of reason that follows in the vein of Bernays. If you do not believe so, then perhaps the fact that it has been largely swept under the carpet and forgotten about does serve to show how much what we think about is influenced by the news we read, and which is undeniably connected by politics.

Newspapers
Consider Rupert Murdoch, the biggest news mogul in the world owning the majority of newspapers in Britain, incidentally including the only ones that consider a pair of breasts newsworthy, namely The Sun, the late News of the World, and The Times, as well as major ones in America.

The power these papers have over the public is incredible, and highly financially and politically motivated. All politicians including Tony Blair know that their success largely depends on public opinion which is easily moved and altered by these papers, so in order to achieve success they are going to have to make a deal with Murdoch and receive his personal favour.

It has been incredibly shocking to see the support that UKIP raised and how people started to feel comfortable being overtly racist in the streets; the careful cherry picking of those on benefits and immigrants to portray the poor and immigrants as lazy thieves who want to work off of your living. This is the perfect excuse to divert money from benefits and other public sectors to other areas such as the £1bn increase in spending on nuclear weapons and other more profitable and shady areas.

From schools
It was not long ago while doing work at a school in a poor area that I heard the teacher put down the children’s ambitions to become footballers, actors, whatever, telling them that these dreams are unachievable instead it is a far better idea to literally stack shelves in Tesco. The amount of social ordering that goes on under our noses is incredible – and the most shocking of it all is that we are a part of it.