The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! By Ajamu Baraka GlobalResearch Dec 6, 2018   The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric … Continue reading The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Who decides what words mean?

Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge by Lane Greene Aeon Dec 6, 2018 Decades before the rise of social media, polarisation plagued discussions about language. By and large, it still does. Everyone who cares about the topic is officially required to take one of two stances. … Continue reading Who decides what words mean?

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

Impeachment isn’t the only way: How past presidents were removed from office MATTHEW ROZSA interviews David Priess Salon Dec 2, 2018 David Priess' new "How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable or Unfit Chief Executives" contains enough sharp analysis, rich detail, and epic sweep to enthrall even the casual fan of history, … Continue reading How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

Unchecked Power

How monopolies have flourished—and undermined democracy by GANESH SITARAMAN New Republic November 29, 2018   The last forty years have seen a transformation in American business. Three major airlines dominate the skies. About ten pharmaceutical companies make up the lion’s share of the industry. Three major companies constitute the seed and pesticide industry. And 70 percent of beer … Continue reading Unchecked Power