Donald Trump’s Pseudo-populism Preys Upon Our Collective Anxieties

by Daniel Béland Conversation Donald Trump and his allies have long deployed inflammatory rhetoric about immigration. Recently, it’s been aimed at exploiting anxieties about border security related to the so-called “caravan” of migrants from Central America heading towards the United States-Mexico border. That rhetoric erupted into awful action when migrants, some of them children, were … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Pseudo-populism Preys Upon Our Collective Anxieties

The Big Liars

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by O Society Jan 15, 2019 “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important … Continue reading The Big Liars

How a Neoconservative “Fact Checker” Called NewsGuard is Set to Insert Itself into Everything

As Newsguard’s project advances, it may soon become impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. by Whitney Webb MintPress News Jan 11, 2019 Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie … Continue reading How a Neoconservative “Fact Checker” Called NewsGuard is Set to Insert Itself into Everything

Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

Power lies with those who control technology, not necessarily those who own it. As technological advances begin to integrate into our everyday lives at an exponential and almost seamless rate, how will our system of politics respond? In this excerpt of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind attempts to … Continue reading Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

When Someone Sees All of This Coming a Decade Ago…

APR 19, 2010 Crystal Ball by Chris Hedges Truthdig "It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Noam Chomsky told me when I called him at his office in Cambridge, Mass. “The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed … Continue reading When Someone Sees All of This Coming a Decade Ago…

It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It

by Bob Lansdown All of us do or say the wrong thing from time to time. It’s my belief that what matters most is not the mistakes we make in life, but how we choose to respond after we’ve made them. Refusing to acknowledge our errors is easy: We simply presume that we are correct … Continue reading It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It

Trump Defeated Himself

by David Frum  Atlantic Jan 8, 2019 Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history. Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law. By 9 p.m. eastern time? Not so much. Perhaps somebody pointed out that 15-year civil-engineering projects do not look very convincingly … Continue reading Trump Defeated Himself