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Should the people always get what they want from their politicians?

Should we listen to the voice of “the people” or the conviction of their representatives? Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has inspired virulent debate about the answer. Amidst Theresa May’s repeated failure to pass her Brexit deal in the House of Commons this spring, the Prime Minister appealed directly to the frustrations and feelings of the people. “You the public have had enough,” she asserted in a speech of March 20. “You are tired of the political games and the arcane procedural ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, White House, European Union, History, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Literature, Bristol, British, Baker, Montgomery, Brexit, Social Sciences


These Presidents Won the Electoral College — But Not the Popular Vote

As prominent Democrats call to abolish the electoral college, here’s a historical look at the presidents who won without the popular vote
Tags: Politics, News, Uncategorized, History, Electoral College, Onetime


Free speech: The history every American should know

There's a reason you're free to wear clothing with protest statements on them today. In 1968, 19-year-old Paul Robert Cohen was arrested for disturbing the peace by wearing a jacked that read "F*ck the Draft" in a California courthouse. His case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided that being offended by the jacket did not merit censorship.Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the history of debate in the U.S. – of who gets to say what, and how that has evolved – should be taught to every Amer...
Tags: Politics, Activism, Law, California, History, United States, Language, Innovation, Debate, Speech, U S Supreme Court, ZIMMERMAN, Jonathan Zimmerman, Paul Robert Cohen


When American Financiers and Business Leaders Plotted to Overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt and Install a Fascist Government in the U.S. (1933)

Economist and columnist Paul Krugman recently wrote about a current nominee for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors who called cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland “armpits of America” to laughs from an audience of business leaders. This same nominee has made headlines for saying “capitalism is a lot more important than democracy” and calling the 16th Amendment establishing the income tax the “most evil” law passed in the 20th century. As crude as the comments are, many wealthy peop...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, College, Washington, US, America, West Virginia, History, New York Times, Connecticut, Npr, Cleveland, Fdr, Paul Krugman, Warner Brothers


Japanese Emperor Abdicates

Emperor Akihito has formally abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne after a 30 year reign. Japanese emperor Akihito has ended his reign after 30 years in charge, handing the crown to his son Naruhito. The emperor has cited age and declining health as his reasons for standing down; Akihito is the first emperor in over 200 years […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, History, Anime, Royalty, Akihito, Naruhito


The highlights of the "debate of the century" between Žižek and Peterson

Žižek and Peterson went head-to-head recently at a debate in Toronto.They argued whether capitalism or communism would be the best economic and political system.The two generally agreed on their critiques of political correctness. None In intellectual circles, the recent "debate of the century" between the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek was a real heavyweight bout. On April 19th, at the Sony Centre in Toronto, these two celebrated thinkers (and Big T...
Tags: Politics, Democracy, Government, Economics, History, Capitalism, Innovation, Philosophy, Global Issues


Jo Vellacott obituary

My friend Jo Vellacott, who has died aged 96, was a pioneer in the study of women’s history, drawing particular attention to the intersection between the non-militant suffrage movement and resistance to the first world war.Born in Plymouth, Devon, Jo was the youngest of the three children of Harold Vellacott, a surgeon, and Josephine (nee Semphill), a nurse. She boarded at Downe House school in Berkshire and, after graduating from Oxford University in 1943, worked as a mechanic in the Women’s Ro...
Tags: Gender, Politics, Education, Americas, World news, History, Canada, Oxford University, Berkshire, Women's Suffrage, Downe House, Jo Vellacott, Plymouth Devon Jo, Harold Vellacott, Josephine nee Semphill, Women 's Royal Naval Service






Who invented modern democracy?

Did modern democracy start its long career in the North Atlantic? Was it invented by the Americans, the French and the British? The French Revolution certainly helped to inject modern meaning into a term previously chiefly associated with the ancient world, with ancient Greece and republican Rome. In the 1830s the French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville concluded from his trip to the United States that it was possible for a modern state to function as a democracy (in both a political and a soci...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Greece, Democracy, France, Russia, Americas, Spain, History, World, Rome, Britain, United States, French Revolution


Harold Wilson’s resignation honours – why so controversial?

On February 6 Marcia Falkender, the Baroness Falkender, died. She was one of the late Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s closest and longest-serving colleagues, first as his personal then political secretary. An enigmatic figure, she has been variously reviled, mocked, and defended since the end of Wilson’s political career. Most notoriously she was connected to Wilson’s 1976 resignation honours list, the “Lavender List.”Twice a year, every year, the British government publishes a list of people it ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, British, Harold Wilson, Political Parties, British history, British politics, Political History, 20th century British politics, 10 Downing Street, 1weceb, British Honours System, British Political History, Lavender List


Are Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez redefining socialism in the U.S.?

Socialism is shaping up to be 2020's hot-button issue. Recent polls show that Republicans and Democrats hold very different definitions of what socialism is and those definitions have changed dramatically over time. Politicians will naturally use the definition that speaks to their bases, but lacking an understanding of the opposing side's viewpoint will further partisan divide. None Socialism is shaping up to be 2020's hot-button issue. Proclaimed socialists won big in 2018, notably congressper...
Tags: Europe, Politics, New York, Democracy, Government, America, Economics, Society, History, Atlantic, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Venezuela, Ussr, Msnbc


Japan’s New Era Named “Reiwa”

Come the nearly imminent conclusion of the Heisei era, Japan has unveiled the sophisticated name of the era that will usher in their new emperor’s reign: “Reiwa” (令和). The Heisei era began on the 8th of January in 1989 and will officially end on April 30th of this year; Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension will take […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Events, History, Anime, Announcements, Heisei, Naruhito, Reiwa


What to Know About the U.S. Presidents Who’ve Been Impeached

It's only happened to two — but neither were removed from office. Here's why
Tags: Politics, News, Uncategorized, History, Onetime, U.s. Politics


Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform the Earliest Version of Hamilton at the White House, Six Years Before the Play Hit the Broadway Stage (2009)

Another immigrant comin' up from the bottom His enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him…  Holler if you can remember a time when few Americans were well-versed enough in founding father Alexander Hamilton’s origin story to recite it in rhyme at the drop of a hat. Believe it or not, as recently as the summer of 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton: An American Musical exploded on Broadway, Hamilton the man was, as the Tony award winning lyrics above sugges...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, Obama, College, White House, New York City, Theatre, America, History, Broadway, James Earl Jones, Dc, Miranda, George Stephanopoulos, Dick Cheney


"The Overdue Death of Democratic 'Pragmatism'/Centrism in disguise is the wrong strategy for stopping Trump."

A headline that makes me sad. The article, at The New Republic, is by Alex Shephard.Substantively, it's another one of these Amy-Klobuchar-must-be-destroyed articles. [T]he press has cemented her identity as a pragmatist because she fills a key narrative role in the 2020 race: serving as a contrast to the supposed idealists who are driving most of the conversation (and most of the voter excitement) in the Democratic primary. This is shaping up to be the defining conflict of the race...This is no...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, History, Metaphor, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Abortion, Amy Klobuchar, Trump, Democratic Party, New Republic, Klobuchar, Walter Mondale, Ann Althouse


To Save Civilization, the Rich Need to Pay Their Taxes: Historian Rutger Bregman Speaks Truth to Power at Davos and to Fox’s Tucker Carlson

Certain economists may have downgraded the labor theory of value, but most of us can agree on the basic moral intuition that no one person is worth millions, even billions, more than almost everyone else on the planet. Yet we live in a society that allows individuals to hoard millions and billions of dollars in cash, assets, and capital gains, without even the presumption that they demonstrate why they should have it--especially to the degree that the top 1% now holds more wealth than 90...
Tags: Google, Politics, Yahoo, College, Economics, History, Fox, Davos, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Oxfam, Republican, David Attenborough, Tucker Carlson, Facebook Twitter, Davos World Economic Forum


To Save Capitalism, the Rich Need to Pay Their Taxes: Historian Rutger Bregman Speaks Truth to Power at Davos and to Fox’s Tucker Carlson

Certain economists may have downgraded the labor theory of value, but most of us can agree on the basic moral intuition that no one person is worth millions, even billions, more than almost everyone else on the planet. Yet we live in a society that allows individuals to hoard millions and billions of dollars in cash, assets, and capital gains, without even the presumption that they demonstrate why they should have it--especially to the degree that the top 1% now holds more wealth than 90...
Tags: Google, Politics, Yahoo, College, Economics, History, Fox, Davos, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Oxfam, Republican, David Attenborough, Tucker Carlson, Facebook Twitter, Davos World Economic Forum


Historian Rutger Bregman Explains to the Billionaires at Davos and Fox’s Tucker Carlson How to Save Capitalism: The Rich Need to Their Taxes

Certain economists may have downgraded the labor theory of value, but most of us can agree on the basic moral intuition that no one person is worth millions, even billions, more than almost everyone else on the planet. Yet we live in a society that allows individuals to hoard millions and billions of dollars in cash, assets, and capital gains, without even the presumption that they demonstrate why they should have it--especially to the degree that the top 1% now holds more wealth than 90...
Tags: Google, Politics, Yahoo, College, Economics, History, Fox, Davos, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Oxfam, Republican, David Attenborough, Tucker Carlson, Facebook Twitter, Davos World Economic Forum


Right-wingers find more meaning in life, say researchers

A team of psychologists looked at the link between right-wing attitudes and having meaning in life.They found that supporters of authoritarian ideologies felt their lives had more significance.Future studies are necessary to see if this holds true outside of the U.S. None Do right-wingers feel more significance in life? Such is the implication of a new study that found an existential connection in right-wing authoritarian attitudes.The spread of right-wing ideologies around the Western hemispher...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Democracy, Government, Nazis, Immigration, History, United States, Innovation, Justice System, University of Missouri, Rutgers University, Womick, Jake Womick, Psypost Womick, Laura A King


Top 5 most controversial figures in American history

Many of the most polarizing Americans were Presidents.Being controversial created complicated legacies.Pop culture can also cause strong division. Controversy is not always bad for you. Case in point, most of the people on this list are well-known political figures who have made a strong imprint on the country's life. While President Trump is certainly a divisive figure to many, the full extent of his impact on America is yet to materialize. And as incendiary as some of his tweets might be, he...
Tags: Hbo, Politics, News, Guantanamo Bay, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Government, Wikipedia, Iraq, America, Barack Obama, History, War, Fbi, United States


Hannah Arendt on why some people are immune to fact-checking

People who don't believe facts or news that disagree with their worldviews can be impossible to deal with, and boy there are a lot of them lately. Hannah Arendt tells us this isn't all new; it happened before around 1936.It isn't easy to convince a person who has given up on facts that they really should face reality again, but it can be done. A strange phenomenon has infected global politics. Fact-checking, once seen as a dull but effective way to figure out what is true and what is false, is...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Government, Germany, Nazis, Russia, History, Ben Franklin, Innovation, Philosophy, Jim Gaffigan, Soviet Union, KGB, Hannah Arendt, Richard Bernstein


"Before the cares of the White House were his own, President Harding is reported to have said that government, after all, is a very simple thing."

"He must have said that, if he said it, as a fleeting inhabitant of fairyland. The opposite is the truth. A constitutional democracy like ours is perhaps the most difficult of man's social arrangements to manage successfully. Our scheme of society is more dependent than any other form of government on knowledge and wisdom and self-discipline for the achievement of its aims. For our democracy implies the reign of reason on the most extensive scale. The Founders of this Nation were not imbued with...
Tags: Law, White House, History, Sawyer, Harding, Executive Power, Justice Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, Ann Althouse, Framers, Warren G. Harding, Youngstown Sheet Tube Co


Congratulations to Cyberwar

Oxford University Press has won the 2018 R. R. Hawkins Award, which is awarded by the Association of American Publishers to a single book every year to “recognize outstanding scholarly works in all disciplines of the arts and sciences.”  This year’s winner is Kathleen Hall-Jamieson’s Cyberwar:  How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President. Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Image Credit: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands In Cyberwar, Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, Fbi, United States, Biography, Philosophy, Clinton, James Comey, Social Sciences, Sunnylands, Oxford University Press, Association of American Publishers, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities


What the Paris Peace Conference can teach us about politics today

One hundred years ago, the treaty of Versailles, the centerpiece of a set of treaties and agreements collectively known as the Paris Peace Settlements, was signed in the glittering hall of mirrors in the former home of France’s Sun King. For some, the war it brought to an end marked the final chapter of a distinct period in international relations, one dominated by a European states system that had endured since the Middle Ages and in which military conflict was relatively commonplace.Anniversar...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, France, US, History, World, United States, Paris, World War One, Journals, Donald Trump, International Relations, Social Sciences, Versailles


How millennials can become a successful generation

Millennials keep waiting for technology to fix their problems, but they can improve their quality of life now through voting and civic engagement.Baby boomers participate in politics and turn up to vote at much higher rates, so their priorities dominate the political system. (The median member of Congress is 59 years old. That's bad.)Removing roadblocks to voting will help millennials realize their political power so they can vote for issues that affect them most, like climate change policy, rai...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Congress, Democracy, Aging, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Millennials, Social Change


What was socialism like in the United States during the 20th century?

While America seems like a haven for capitalists, socialism has a long and often successful electoral history here. Milwaukee had socialist mayors until 1960.Today's resurgence of interest in socialism has nothing on the red tide of 1912. None Socialist candidates are cropping up all over the country. In Texas, they are being elected to judgeships. Two of them serve in Congress, and another one works in the Senate. Chicago has a Socialist alderman and the city council of Sommerville, Massachuset...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, California, Democracy, White House, Milwaukee, America, History, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Republican, Socialist, Bernie Sanders, Social Change


Last Call: Flickr Starts Deleting Your Old Photos Tomorrow

Flickr, one of the best social media services of the 2000s, will begin mass deleting photos tomorrow, February 5. If you’d like to keep any of the photos that you uploaded to the service and maybe forgot about, now is the time. But you can’t wait any longer.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Yahoo, Barack Obama, History, How To, Flickr, Flickr Pro, Smugmug, Zip file, How To Download Flickr Photos, How To Mass Download Flickr, Mass Download


5 anarchists who are famous but all very different

Anarchists are often typecast in popular opinion as black-clothed bomb-throwers.However, many would be surprised by the number and identities of different anarchists.What's more, anarchist beliefs aren't simply that the state should be overthrown; there are many different variations and interpretations. None It takes an independent mind to declare oneself an anarchist, but even so, the stories and characters of people who identify as anarchists can be surprising. Here's five snapshots of differe...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Government, Boston, Alan Moore, Economics, History, Chicago, Britain, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Goldman, Leo Tolstoy, Authority, Social Change


5 flavors of anarchy

Anarchists are often typecast in popular opinion as black-clothed bomb-throwers.However, many would be surprised by the number and identities of different anarchists.What's more, anarchist beliefs aren't simply that the state should be overthrown; there are many different variations and interpretations. None It takes an independent mind to declare oneself an anarchist, but even so, the stories and characters of people who identify as anarchists can be surprising. Here's five snapshots of differe...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Government, Boston, Alan Moore, Economics, History, Chicago, Britain, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Goldman, Leo Tolstoy, Authority, Social Change



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