Beyond Good Religion and Bad Religion

The Jakarta Post, 2/27/2015 Presiden Joko Widodo’s recent speech last week at the closing of 6th Indonesian Muslims Congress (KUII) in Yogyakarta illustrates nicely the difficulty of making sense of the state of religious tolerance, or intolerance, in Indonesia using the frame of good religion and bad religion. Starting off with an anecdotal opening remark […]

On Succession in Golkar

–still, the battle at the legislative front A coming important event in Indonesia’s politics is one of succession in Golkar, the traditional powerhouse and the runner-up party of 2014 legislative election. In its previous several successions, party congresses have been held to elect a new leader at the end of the legislative election year. Thus, […]

The UU MD3 Fuzz

–the battle at the legislative front A good friend asked me the other day about the new law on Indonesia’s MPR and House of Representative (DPR). The so-called UU MD3 (Undang-Undang MPR, DPR, DPD, DPRD) made fuzz in Indonesian media due to a reaction from several concerned groups and people. PDIP as the leading party […]

Huntington dan Matinya Teori Modernisasi

–perihal pembangunan ekonomi dan stabilitas politik Fukuyama suatu kali menulis bahwa teori modernisasi mati karena ditelikung dari dua sisi: kiri dan kanan sekaligus. Jika dari kiri ia diserang oleh kaum dependensia dengan argumen center dan peripheral capitalism-nya, maka dari kanan, ia ditamatkan riwayatnya hanya oleh satu buku: Political Order in Changing Societies, karya Samuel Huntington. […]