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A RUDE but incoherent comment by President Donald Trump last week revealed the damage partisanship has done to America’s body politic. The president described a group of Hispanic gangsters, or illegal immigrants at large, or maybe both, as “animals”. It is impossible to know whom he was referring to.
may 2018 by geetarista
Politics is the Mind-Killer - Less Wrong
People go funny in the head when talking about politics.  The evolutionary reasons for this are so obvious as to be worth belaboring:  In the ancestral environm
february 2018 by geetarista
In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like
Chats from a private Twitter group show that WikiLeaks plotted against critics and opined on the U.S. presidential election, often in a sexist manner.
politics  wikileaks  election  julianassange 
february 2018 by geetarista
Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model – Today in Politics
Thiel Capital’s Eric Weinstein has come up with a model to explain the way the media crafts political narratives by linking support or opposition to its preferred policies to morality. It’s kind of…
media  politics 
february 2018 by geetarista
America Is Not a Democracy - The Atlantic
How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back
politics  democracy  government 
january 2018 by geetarista
Sam Altman and the fear of political correctness - Marginal REVOLUTION
Many are abuzz over Sam Altman’s short and politically incorrect blog post: Earlier this year, I noticed something in China that really surprised me.  I realized I felt more comfortable discussing controversial ideas in Beijing than in San Francisco.  I […]
december 2017 by geetarista
Stuff You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley – Elaine's Idle Mind
Tim Ferriss recently left Silicon Valley, citing liberal McCarthyism as one of the catalysts for his departure. People seem awfully puzzled that there are things you can’t say in Silicon Valley. I can’t tell if these people are willfully ignorant, or if their heads are jammed so far up their asses that they can’t…
sv  sf  culture  politics 
december 2017 by geetarista
If you tax the rich, they won't leave: US data contradicts millionaires' threats | Inequality | The Guardian
Does raising taxes on the rich really trigger their migration to more obliging states or countries? This study of every million-dollar earner in the US shows otherwise
data  economics  inequality  politics 
november 2017 by geetarista
Learn Liberty | Permissionless innovation: The fuzzy idea that rules our lives
People sometimes ask me, “What is the most important concept in political economy?” The answer is easy, but subtle …
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philosophy  politics  innovation  business 
november 2017 by geetarista
Why Are Millennials Wary of Freedom? - The New York Times
Fear and anxiety have pushed young people into a defensive posture.
politics  culture 
october 2017 by geetarista
The Moldbug Variations | Corey Pein
Three years ago, Peter Thiel called me a conspiracy theorist.
thiel  politics 
october 2017 by geetarista
I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. - The Washington Post
Evidence suggests that no one broad gun-control restriction could make a big difference.
politics  guns  crime  statistics 
october 2017 by geetarista
Germany is successful and happy because its values are the opposite of Silicon Valley's — Quartz
If Silicon Valley ever formed a political party, it might look a lot like the current iteration of Germany’s Free Democrats, or FDP. In the 2017 election cycle, the FDP offered a platform that reads like what Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg would come up with if they decided to disrupt Rand Paul. Its primary...
happiness  economics  germany  politics 
september 2017 by geetarista
What Is to Be Done? - Motherboard
It is time to consider alternate systems of governance.
government  democracy  politics 
september 2017 by geetarista
Is There Any Point to Protesting? | The New Yorker
We turn out in the streets and nothing seems to happen. Maybe we’re doing it wrong.
politics  culture 
august 2017 by geetarista
Don't Be a Sucker : U.S. War Department : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into suckers. Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' --...
history  propaganda  politics 
august 2017 by geetarista
Unlearning the myth of American innocence | US news | The Guardian
The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does
politics  journalism  culture 
august 2017 by geetarista
All Stories by Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
culture  politics 
july 2017 by geetarista
The latest political news and opinion from left to right and back. Blogs and mainstream news outlets features on a single page.
politics  news  journalism  media  blog 
july 2017 by geetarista
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House | Vanity Fair
Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand what the Department of Energy actually does? And what a horrible risk it would be to ignore its extraordinary, life-or-death responsibilities?
politics  government  trump 
july 2017 by geetarista
Noam Chomsky | Talks at Google - YouTube
For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most ori...
politics  technology 
july 2017 by geetarista
Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason' | US news | The Guardian
With the sequel to his blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth about to be released, Al Gore tells Carole Cadwalladr how his role at the forefront of the fight against climate change consumes his life
climate  culture  politics 
july 2017 by geetarista
How Much Does a Politician Cost? A Groundbreaking Study Reveals the Influence of Money in Politics.
Many academics claim, against all odds, that money doesn't matter in politics. Now we can see exactly what it costs to buy a congressional vote.
july 2017 by geetarista
Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command | Foreign Policy
Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
july 2017 by geetarista
People killed by terrorism per year in Western Europe 1970-2015 | Datagraver
ACTUALITEIT - Because of the recent terrorism attacks in Europe we've plotted the GTD data and most recent figures in several graphs for Western Europe.
politics  terrorism  statistics 
july 2017 by geetarista
How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans :: Politics :: Features :: Fake News :: Paste
"Will this truth be so painful, so humiliating, so devastating to our identities that it sends us running straight for the warmth of the barrels gunning us down?"
politics  google  seo  trump  fake  news 
july 2017 by geetarista
Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election
A top-secret National Security Agency report details a months-long Russian hacking effort against the U.S. election infrastructure.
politics  nsa  russia  election 
july 2017 by geetarista
Democracy Never Faced a Threat Like Facebook - Bloomberg
Europeans are increasingly concerned about ever smaller social media bubbles isolating voters from one another.
politics  culture  facebook  advertising  bias 
july 2017 by geetarista
Democrats with dreams of impeachment should consider how Iran-Contra turned out - Vox
The investigation brought indictments and convictions — but little long-term damage to Reagan.
july 2017 by geetarista
Why Capitalism is Just Shitbag Science – Holly Wood, PhD – Medium
Capitalism is very simple. Capitalism as an economic system is essentially defined as the process of private expropriation of public wealth. Technically, the Earth is every creature’s inheritance but…
july 2017 by geetarista
America Is Now a ‘Second Tier’ Country - Bloomberg
Some 17 others, including all of Scandinavia, outperform the U.S. by a wide margin when it comes to well-being.
health  culture  government  politics 
july 2017 by geetarista
Delaney Introduces Bill to End Gerrymandering, Reform Elections | Congressman John Delaney
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to end gerrymandering and reform elections. Congressman Delaney’s Open Our Democracy Act requires that states establish independent commissions for congressional redistricting; makes Election Day a holiday; and institutes open top-two primaries for House and Senate elections, allowing all voters, including registered Independents and unaffiliated voters to participate in primaries.
politics  gerrymandering 
july 2017 by geetarista
Why poverty is not a personal choice, but a reflection of society
Americans, an independent group, tend to believe that people can "pull themselves up by their boot straps." Yet bigger forces are at play in a person's ability to gain education, a good job and money.
politics  culture  economics 
july 2017 by geetarista
I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration. - The Washington Post
I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.
science  politics  trump  climate 
july 2017 by geetarista
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