libya: this is what ‘virtual democracy’ looks like
An interesting article on the relationship between Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the London School of Economics. Gaddafi wrote his Ph.D. thesis there on “how to create more just and democratic global governing institutions.” Later, the LSE “accepted £1.5m from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, an organisation headed by Saif – some of which was to finance “a virtual democracy centre.’” The selfsame Gaddafi, of course, has threatened civil war and to “fight to the last minute, until the last bullet” if the rabble-rousers don’t stop their rabble-rousing. (Human Rights Watch has confirmed 233 dead as of Monday, though other estimates are more than double that figure). Knowledge may be power, but power can always buy knowledge or at least its patina.