Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Ivan Krastev

Bulgarian Public Intellectual, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, and permanent fellow at the IWM Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna

"Transparency is not about restoring trust in institutions; transparency is politics' management of mistrust."

"[It's] difficult to engage people in politics when they believe that what really matters is where they personally stand."

"Democracy is the only game in town. The problem is [when] people start to believe that it is not a game worth playing."