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The LSE blogosphere is a community of LSE staff and external contributors sharing posts on a host of global topics. Here's a selection of the latest posts:

Historical amnesia is undermining European democracy
Diego Rubio writes that a degree of historical amnesia is now apparent in European societies, with those individuals who are too young to remember the authoritarian regimes of the past showing more openness toward the creation of authoritarian-like regimes today.
‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK
Geraldine Asiwome Adiku argues for effective means to make undocumented migrants become documented in the UK, as the state is benefiting from them despite not officially recognising them.
End of Frexit, bad for Brexit? Macron’s win signals France’s resurgence in Europe
Emmanuel Macron’s win in the French presidential elections not only means the death of ‘Frexit’, but has wide-ranging implications not just for the European project, but also for the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Deconstructing the myths behind Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare, health insurance for the elderly, a universal program for which all Americans become eligible when they reach retirement age; and Medicaid, health insurance for the poor are two often conflated and misused concepts. George Klosko deconstructs Medicare and Medicaid’s different histories and structures and misconceptions about the contributory nature of each.
 West is best: How ‘stabilitocracy’ undermines democracy building in the Balkans
Recent months have seen unrest in Macedonia, with a violent protest at the country’s parliament, while other countries in the Balkans such as Montenegro have also witnessed large anti-government protests. Srđa Pavlović argues that the West’s approach to the Balkans has suffered from what he terms ‘stabilitocracy’, with the EU and United States backing governments that promise stability, but have undermined the establishment of democracy.
Latin America’s productivity problems can only be overcome by incentivising, underwriting, and enforcing technological investment
With the right kinds of state support, Latin American firms can develop and compete in productive segments higher up the global value chain, writes Tobias Franz.
Violent extremism in Pakistan: A failure of public education
Following the murder of Mashal Khan on a university campus in northern Pakistan, Hamza Siddiq explores the link between Pakistan’s public education system and incidents of violence motivated by intolerance. He argues that in order to promote tolerance, the curriculum needs to be reformed to promote critical thinking and informed debate.
Co-workers and makers: New public policies and corporate strategies for the city
Collaborative doers will increasingly play a political role, transforming traditional political mechanisms, writes Laetitia Vitaud.
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