Dumitru Miron
Dumitru Miron
Economist, Professor, Ph.D., the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, President of the Romanian-American Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture, Secretary General a.i. of the National Association of Romanian Exporters and Importers
Romania’s Neighbourhoods:Exercise of Critical Thinking

Romania’s Neighbourhoods:
Exercise of Critical Thinking

The Market for Ideas invites the reader to a journey in Romania’s near abroad, collecting critical thoughts on how globalization and regionalization changes perceptions about vicinities, those vivid mixtures of lands, waters, skies and, before anything else, peoples. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


AD 2017 is Anno Donald 1

AD 2017 is Anno Donald 1

The advent of Donald J. Trump hardly resembles the prologue to some great national redemption, for it is not clear what kind of greatness he has in mind for his beloved America. As for the international landscape, his “twilightenment” reigns supreme, for it is not clear who are the (real) alien friends and foes of the “archetypal”/“average” (yet so imaginary) US citizen. Trump’s moral code is literally undecipherable, his logic is humoral, his values are untraceable, while his value is a secret formula of his capitalist net worth and democratic trustworthiness. What is common to any of Trump’s portraits is his basic uncommonness: he serves a Union whose domestic polarization he embodies, while his foreign policy seems foreign to any present day routine. But if we want to capture the essence of his discourse (or at least of the perceptions of others regarding it), there are two basic concepts that in no case should be ignored: anti-political correctness and populismMore

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Growth-at-All-Costs vs. Democracy – What Kind of Globalization?

Growth-at-All-Costs vs. Democracy – What Kind of Globalization?

A few centuries ago, Teilhard de Chardin had spoken about the two sides of all matter: a “within” and a “without”. It has been proven many times that it is vital for the outer world and the inner world to move together at the highest level of harmony in order to achieve balance. One can say that a globalized society reaches to an overdeveloped “without” but, unfortunately, to an underdeveloped “within”. For others who speak about the crisis of meaning, it has become necessary to take into consideration that the world of matter, materiality, science, and technology, even though all of them are good in themselves, do not possess meaning in and of themselves, or none that can satisfy “man’s search for meaning”. They are tools, not ends in themselves. The year 2017 is one in which both scientists and decision makers must understand the difference between challenges and opportunities and to find optimal solutions to the first and the best use of the latter. As was proved during the debates in the framework of the World Economic Forum, the key words for every debate in the landscape of ideas and the actions are: uncertainty, opportunity, resilience, prosperity, democracy, populism.  More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Journal of Reasonable Arguments

Journal of Reasonable Arguments

“A «market for ideas», is that what we’ve been missing now, in times of severe and tangible hardships?!” Such a reaction is a performative contradiction, since this invective expresses, in itself, an idea, even before the emitter tries, by shouting, to rob himself and us of the value of a train of thought through his “heckler’s veto”. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


New Business Models

New Business Models

The most turbulent international business environment in decades, the globalization process and the major transformations in the social and environmental conditions pressure us into finding new ways to adapt to these rapid shifts. The most important factors that contribute to the development of new business models are the increased role of governments, the greater awareness of companies towards multidimensional risks inherent in change, the need for more efficient scientific solutions for sustainable development and also the emerging power of social media. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


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