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Why Game of Thrones is really a battle of ideas - CapX
Each claimant to the Iron Throne represents a different philosophy of government, and all are found wanting.
politics  economics  fantasy  gameofthrones  fantheories  tv  books 
7 days ago by pozorvlak
The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics – Almost No One is Evil. Almost Everything is Broken.
The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics says that when you observe or interact with a problem in any way, you can be blamed for it. At the very least, you are to blame for not doing more. Even if you don’t make the problem worse, even if you make it slightly better, the ethical burden of the problem falls on you as soon as you observe it. In particular, if you interact with a problem and benefit from it, you are a complete monster. I don’t subscribe to this school of thought, but it seems pretty popular.
ethics  socialnetworks  psychology  politics  economics  philosophy 
9 days ago by pozorvlak
Opinion | The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad - The New York Times
Over centuries, notes John Hagel, who currently co-heads Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, business has “been organized around stocks of knowledge as the basis for value creation. The key to creating economic value has been to acquire some proprietary knowledge stocks, aggressively protect those knowledge stocks and then efficiently extract the economic value from those knowledge stocks and deliver them to the market. The challenge in a more rapidly changing world is that knowledge stocks deprecia...
Brexit  politics  economics  leadership 
20 days ago by pozorvlak
Brexit papers: What no deal could mean - BBC News
We boil down the tranche of new papers from the government and what they could mean for you.
Brexit  politics 
6 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Elizabeth Warren 2020 has Wall Street very afraid - Vox
If it’s Trump vs. Warren in 2020, Wall Street insiders say they prefer neither — or Trump.
politics  trump  warren  finance 
10 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Shut up, royal baby haters. Monarchy is awesome. - The Washington Post
Constitutional monarchy is the best form of government that humanity has yet tried. It has yielded rich, healthy nations whose regime transitions are almost always due to elections and whose heads of state are capable of being truly apolitical. The U.S. would do well to adopt it (as well as parliamentary democracy, but that's a whole other argument). Jay-Z and Beyoncé are the logical choices for the first king and queen, but I'm open to suggestions.
government  politics  monarchy  royalty  economics 
december 2018 by pozorvlak
America’s Next Civil War · The Walrus
Northrop Frye once wrote that Canadians are Americans who reject the revolution. When the next revolution comes, we will need to be ready to reject it with everything we have and everything we are.
politics  canada  CivilWar  revolution  usa  trump  terrorism  woo 
november 2018 by pozorvlak
This Game is Bad for You - Twenty Sided
Fight against confirmation bias. If the world starts looking clear cut, us-vs-them, and good-vs-evil, then you’ve probably drank more social media than is good for you. Behind all those silly names and joke icons are real human beings with real feelings. Some of them are nasty and some of them are nice, and if you condemn all for the actions of a few then you’ll lose your ability to see any of them clearly.
twitter  socialnetworks  politics 
august 2018 by pozorvlak
The illusion of understanding | Meaningness
When challenged, regular cyclists were unable to draw bicycles that could actually work. They thought they understood bikes, but actually didn't.
This suggests a practice: when someone is ranting about a political proposal you disagree with, keep asking them “how would that part work?” Rather than raising objections, see if you can draw them into developing an ever-more-detailed causal explanation. If they succeed, they might change your mind! If not—they might change their own.</bl...
learning  politics  cogsci  ethics  cycling 
august 2018 by pozorvlak
We're Lucky Mark Zuckerberg Is in Charge – The Startup – Medium
Mark Zuckerberg is imperfect, naive, and sometimes overly defensive. He can be robotic, unrelatable, and frustrating. He could also be a whole lot worse.
facebook  socialnetworks  politics  news  economics  finance 
august 2018 by pozorvlak
Demagoguery Explained – Econlib
What then is demagoguery?  Embracing Social Desirability Bias to gain power.  Making a career out of praising what sounds good and attacking what sounds bad. 
august 2018 by pozorvlak
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