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“Resolved: Debate is stupid”, by Aisling McCrea for The Outline
Real learning is hard. It’s a slow, confusing process where you sometimes have to read long books with dreadful covers, and look at footnotes and shit. It requires us to recognize and then overcome our biases as best we can. It can take years to learn what we really think and why, and then if we get a lingering feeling we might be wrong, it can take years to un-learn and start all over.
debate  rhetoric  politics  uspolitics 
2 days ago by beep
Speaker Paul Ryan retires: his legacy is debt and disappointment - Ezra Klein | Vox
As Ryan prepares to leave Congress, it is clear that his critics were correct and a credulous Washington press corps — including me — that took him at his word was wrong. In the trillions of long-term debt he racked up as speaker, in the anti-poverty proposals he promised but never passed, and in the many lies he told to sell unpopular policies, Ryan proved as much a practitioner of post-truth politics as Donald Trump.
6 days ago by runpunkrun
Planning for the Post-Trump Wreckage
What will come next, and what can US policy wonks do to help?
10 days ago by nwlinks
Ammon Bundy Quits Militia Movement, Defends Migrant Caravan - Eric Levitz
Ammon Bundy is best known as a leading light of the American militia movement (a motley coalition of various different flavors of firearms enthusiasts who hate the federal government). He’s famous for getting into armed standoffs with federal agents and violently occupying bird sanctuaries. His friends are the kind of folks who co-chair pro-Trump veterans groups; his father is the kind of man who says, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro” — and proceeds to explain why black people were “better off as slaves.”

So, this being 2018, Bundy naturally just disavowed the militia movement in solidarity with the migrant caravan, suggested that nationalism is actually the opposite of patriotism, and said that Trump’s America resembles nothing so much as 1930s Germany.
10 days ago by runpunkrun
What Happened to Venezuela Isn’t So Simple
...and has worrying parallels with Trump’s USA.
uspolitics  venezuela 
20 days ago by nwlinks
After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree. - Recode
“They did not ever address, acknowledge, the list of demands, nor did they adequately provide solutions to all the five,” said Stapleton, a marketing manager at YouTube who has been at Google for more than 11 years. “They did drop forced arbitration, but for sexual harassment only, not discrimination, which was a key omission. Nothing was addressed regarding TVCs [contract workers] ... I think we didn’t see accountability in action.”
labor  uspolitics  google  techindustry 
26 days ago by beep

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