Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text. by Hannah Giorgis Atlantic Jan 11, 2019 The Truths We Hold: An American Journey BY KAMALA HARRIS PENGUIN PRESS Depending on whom you ask, Kamala Harris is either a hip Hillary Clinton or a political Beyoncé. Since the election of Donald Trump, … Continue reading Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

A Moral Tale of Economics

Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong by John Rapley Aeon Jan 9, 2018 Think of human development as a long journey. At the beginning, we live at the mercy of nature. Dependent on its bounty, we pray for rains and freedom from natural disasters and plagues. At the … Continue reading A Moral Tale of Economics

Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia

by CRESTON DAVIS CounterPunch Jan 4, 2019 The Veil of Isis is said to hide all the secrets of nature, secrets that remain forever beyond the reach of mortals. Legend has it that the words, “I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my veil.”are inscribed on Isis’ … Continue reading Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia

Liberty vs Monopoly

by Eric Posner and Glen Weyl  Radical Markets American Affairs Winter 2018 Over the last half-century, business interests and philosophical libertarians have formed a powerful alliance. Business leaders frequently claim to be libertarians and draw on the rhetoric of the free market to criticize government regulation. In turn, libertarians frequently defend businesses against what both groups see … Continue reading Liberty vs Monopoly

Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

If there were a tagline for today’s populist moment, it would probably be something like, “It’s not the economy, stupid.” by Shadi Hamid American Affairs Winter 2018  Economic factors matter, but they are far from decisive in understanding why populists, especially right-wing populists, have solidified their position as the second largest or even largest parties in many Western democracies. … Continue reading Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

Extreme Political Views Correlate with Poor Metacognition

by Steven Novella Neurologica Dec 21, 2018 The usual caveats apply – this is one study in a limited context showing only correlation and using a psychological construct. I also have to be careful because the study confirms what I already believe. Having said all that, it is interesting and is probably telling us something … Continue reading Extreme Political Views Correlate with Poor Metacognition

10 Steps to Save American Democracy

https://youtu.be/3OUbWJrbzog by Robert Reich Dec 22, 2018 Trump isn’t the only problem. As Big Money floods our political system, and some in power are intent on making it harder for certain people to vote, we need a movement to save our democracy. Here are 10 steps: Number 1: Make voter registration automatic for all eligible voters, … Continue reading 10 Steps to Save American Democracy