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Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one is entertainment, the other is a documentary. The reason for the Brexit theme has to do more with 2019 than with 2016, especially since the Brexit Party, […]
Tags: UK, Democracy, Immigration, Eu, Movie Review, Racism, Nigel Farage, Working Class, Anthropology, Globalization, Conspiracy Theories, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, James Graham, Neoliberalism, Robert Mercer

Will choosing between too many presidential candidates paralyze voters?

The Democratic primary field has grown to be one of the largest in history, partially due to a desire to take down Donald Trump.But this may backfire; social behaviorists warn that presenting people with too many choices can produce choice overload, resulting in paralysis and regret.What are the negative effects of being offered too many choices? Are there any benefits to be had from this huge field of candidates? None Here's a fun exercise: try to list all of the Democratic candidates for the 2...
Tags: Politics, Democracy, Government, Joe Biden, Policy, Chicago, United States, Innovation, Columbia University, Donald Trump, Coca Cola, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Pepsi, Sheena Iyengar, Iyengar

How power-hungry politicians divide and conquer

People seeking to win an election often use emotional words to trigger voters. These emotional words tend to trigger people into four different groups: loyalists, riled-up resisters, mild moderates, and disenchanted drop-outs. What we see today is people getting into power with less than a majority of people because they're able to divide this four-way voter split. Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths―and How We Can Stop ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Democracy, Sociology, Innovation, Emotions, Bill Eddy

“the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance”

“ You will not achieve an informed public simply by making sure that high quality content is publicly available and presuming that credibility is enough while you wait for people to come find it. You have to understand the networked nature of the information war we’re in, actively be there when people are looking, and blanket the information ecosystem with the information people need to make informed decisions. ” —danah boyd So concludes danah boyd in an excellent piece on what lies beneath the ...
Tags: Democracy, Christchurch, eLearning, McLuhan, SocialLearning

Eight reasons why comedians make good leaders

If you were browsing Netflix's comedy section recently, you might have noticed the Ukrainian sitcom, Servant of the People. In it, an ordinary history teacher is unwittingly elected president of the Ukraine. In an unusual turn of events, the star of that series, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, was recently actually voted in as the next president of Ukraine. While there's no doubt Zelensky is a popular comedian – does he really have what it takes to lead the country? As part of my ongoing doctoral r...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Comedy, Leadership, Democracy, Ukraine, Groucho Marx, Netflix, Humour, Theresa May, Innovation, Humor, Michael Mcintyre, David Brent, Volodymyr Zelensky

A Desperate Empire Crashes in Venezuela

The April 30, 2019, coup attempt in Venezuela has come and gone. The coup has failed. “Failed state” theory just got a lot more complicated. No longer can the “failed state” designation apply only to those states targeted for recolonization after a prolonged period of destabilization and foreign intervention. Now “failed state” theory has to […]
Tags: Science Fiction, Democracy, Anthropology, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Coup, Caracas, John Bolton, Blackwater, Erik Prince, Force Multipliers, Regime Change, 2019, Legitimacy, Donald J. Trump, Lima Group

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

Free speech on college campuses: A bottom-up approach is best

There are 2 different approaches to governing free speech on college campuses.One is a morality/order approach. The other is a bottom-up approach.Emily Chamlee-Wright says there are many benefits to having no one central authority on what is appropriate speech.
Tags: Politics, Education, Democracy, Government, Innovation, Protests, Speech, Emily chamlee-wright

Calling out Cersei Lannister: Elizabeth Warren reviews Game of Thrones

Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives. None It's been a busy week for Sen. Eli...
Tags: Hbo, Education, Democracy, Government, Elizabeth Warren, Debt, Economics, Joe Biden, United States, Innovation, Warren, Donald Trump, Inequality, Bernie Sanders, Donald J Trump, Sen Elizabeth Warren

Book review: The People vs Tech, by Jamie Bartlett

Remember the heady days when social media was hailed for its role in kicking off the Arab Spring? How it had given ordinary people the tools to organise and overcome oppression? Fast forward a few years, and social media’s role in democracy is an altogether different proposition, as Jamie Bartlett explains in his book The […]
Tags: Books, Technology, Democracy, Future, Jamie Bartlett

China Bans the Word 'Leica' on Social Media

When a promotional video for German camera maker Leica hit the web this week, it looked like a bold statement about the hard work done by photojournalists around the world. But the company is now distancing itself from the 5-minute video after Chinese social media users cried foul and the word “Leica” was banned on…Read more...
Tags: Science, Democracy, China, Social Media, Cameras, Huawei, New Cold War, Photojournalism, Leica, Tiananmen Square, Tank Man, Word Leica

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

How dictators flourish through social media

Disney CEO Bob Iger's recent critique of social media hate is indicative of a greater problem.The psychology of the crowd could be responsible for the hate and conformity seen online. Polymath Gustave Le Bon's crowd psychology theories could be more relevant today than ever. None Disney CEO Bob Iger recently made comments during his Humanitarian Award speech that critiqued the role of social media and even likened it as a tool that Hitler would have loved and something that would-be dictator...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Internet, Democracy, Disney, Innovation, Protests, Iger, Hitler, Social Change, Anti Defamation League, Le Bon, Bob Iger, Hannah Arendt, Gustave Le Bon, Jonathan A Greenblatt

The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire

In the avalanche of news reports that have washed over the globe since the abduction of Julian Assange, this conversation struck me as containing numerous points of importance. It seemed worthwhile to have some of these points transcribed and listed here. If you have seen it, then the select transcriptions beneath the video might serve […]
Tags: Media, Washington Post, Democracy, Censorship, Secrecy, Anthropology, Press freedom, Propaganda, Julian Assange, Citizenship, Authoritarianism, Cover Up, Wikileaks, Free Speech, Extradition, International Law

Julian Assange, Political Prisoner: A Dark Day for Citizenship

After a day of following RT’s live coverage of the outrageous arrest of Julian Assange, abducted from the Embassy of Ecuador in London by British police agents, and then hearing US media fall over each other in a competition for who could make the most psychotic accusations against Assange (Fox News, interestingly, distinguishing itself as […]
Tags: London, Democracy, Censorship, US, Theresa May, Anthropology, Press freedom, Venezuela, Julian Assange, Citizenship, Authoritarianism, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Free Speech, Extradition, International Law

Today, Michigan regulators vote on conservative education "reform" plan to purge the word "democracy" from curriculum

Former Michigan Republican State Senator Patrick Colbeck has put together an ambitious, far-ranging educational "reform" package that is being voted on today by the Michigan State Board of Education. The plan purges the curriculum of all mentions of LBGTQI issues, to Roe v Wade, and almost all references to climate change. More disturbingly (and more tellingly), the plan pushes for the removal of the words "democracy" and "democratic" to describe America's system of governance, on the gro...
Tags: Post, Florida, New York, News, Education, Democracy, America, Gop, Wisconsin, Michigan, State Board of Education, East Lansing, Brainwashing, The Fist In The Mitten, Colbeck, Patrick Colbeck

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

How Brexit has changed the mental map of Britain

Stumbling from one Brexit delay to the next, Britain is paralysed by its political divisionStark new work by Anish Kapoor reflects on the UK's deep internal divide'Archipelago maps' show Britons living in two separate countries – much like AmericansMarch 29th was supposed to be Brexit Day. As clocks struck 11 pm across the UK, the country should have departed from the European Union. Instead, Britain became a country-sized version of Schrödinger's cat: nobody knows anymore when – or if – the UK...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Wales, California, Democracy, Scotland, Eu, Conservative, Bbc, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, New York Times, House Of Commons, Innovation

beyond the market

“Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” —H.L. Mencken The refugee crisis is a government failure. Climate change is a market failure. We have to create new ways to address what governments and markets are unable to do. But first we have to be able to describe and discuss the underlying assumptions that have created our current conditions. We cannot see the figure from the ground. We never tal...
Tags: Democracy, eLearning, Cory Doctorow, Doctorow, Lockean

For a long time, the West shaped the world. That time is over.

Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population. European ideas, such ...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Democracy, West, Canada, United States, Innovation, Anglo, Global Issues, United Kingdom The West

constant outrage

Many of us are getting depressed and pessimistic about  the state of society, whether it be the big one — climate change — or the many smaller problems facing us — populism, extremism, anti-science movements, xenophobia, etc. One of the biggest frustrations is that the various camps just do not talk to each other with any intention of understanding. In addition, social media — the preferred source of news for many people — tend to increase the outrage. The medium is the message, said Marshall Mc...
Tags: Technology, Democracy, Communities, eLearning, Ontario Canada, Marshall McLuhan, Umberto Eco, Dunning Kruger, Jason Kotke

What socialism is — according to Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington was a public intellectual who strove to help the poor and inspired a generation of socialists. He was the first chairman of the Democratic Socialists of America, and nearly ran for president in 1980. While he is far from the only influential thinker on the American left, his ideas have had an outsized influence over the last sixty years. The United States is seeing a renewed interest in left-wing ideas. Chicago might have five socialists on its city council by April, a democra...
Tags: Politics, Sweden, Activism, Democracy, Germany, America, Economics, Poverty, Chicago, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Ussr, Karl Marx, Cuba, Bernie Sanders

Jordan Peterson on gun control

Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting, Jordan Peterson replied to a question about gun control in America.Peterson believes only the police and army being armed is dangerous, and that the citizenry should be equally dangerous.He also feels that legislation would do "zero" to stop school shootings in America. None In 2016, 64 percent of homicides in the United States resulted from gun violence; in Canada, the number was 30.5 percent the year prior. England and Wales posted much lower numbers duri...
Tags: England, Activism, Guns, Wales, Democracy, Toronto, America, Canada, United States, Innovation, Violence, Las Vegas, Criminal Justice, Sandy Hook, Steven Pinker, Derek

The adversarial persuasion machine: a conversation with James Williams

James Williams may not be a household name yet in most tech circles, but he will be. For this second in what will be a regular series of conversations exploring the ethics of the technology industry, I was delighted to be able to turn to one of our current generation’s most important young philosophers of tech. Around a decade ago, Williams won the Founder’s Award, Google’s highest honor for its employees. Then in 2017, he won an even rarer award, this time for his scorching criticism of the ent...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Democracy, Government, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Williams, Oxford, Oxford University

Democracy is good for business

Matthew Douglass Contributor Matthew Douglass is a board member of the nonpartisan Business for America and previously co-founded digital health company Practice Fusion in 2007. More posts by this contributor A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality In America, democracy and capitalism go hand in hand. Watching our democracy function (or, more accurately, malfunction) over the past few years, I have come to the conclusion that t...
Tags: Column, Florida, Colorado, Opinion, Democracy, Government, America, Tech, Pennsylvania, House, Amy Klobuchar, Michigan, Nevada, Gulf of Mexico, Digital Healthcare, Practice Fusion

beyond government and markets

The key to our transformation toward a network society is citizen sensemaking. The thinking that got us into our current state of affairs will not get us out. Hierarchical leadership, even in democratic governments, is inadequate for the complexity of a networked society. Our governments seem to be completely unprepared to regulate surveillance capitalism, let alone climate change. Leadership on these issues is coming from outside government and in spite of the market. “We want leadership distri...
Tags: Leadership, Sweden, Democracy, Communities, eLearning, Jennifer Sertl, Greta Thunberg

toward a network society

Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector. But this form, dominated by Markets is unable to deal with the complexities we face globally — climate change, pollution, populism/fanaticism, nuclear war, etc. A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. We are making some advances in that area but we still have challenges getting beyond nation states and financial markets. The “quadriformist choic...
Tags: Leadership, Learning, Democracy, America, eLearning, Janus, David Ronfeldt, Greta Thunberg

Who was the emperor of the United States?

Joshua Norton was once a successful businessman before he fell into ruin and what some contend to be madness.Norton declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico in 1859 "at the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States."During his time as emperor, Norton abolished Congress and political parties, requested the formation of the League of Nations, issued currency, and was much-loved by the people of San Francisco. None In the l...
Tags: London, Congress, Democracy, Mexico, Government, China, San Francisco, Poverty, History, United States, Innovation, Norton, Bay Bridge, Mary, San Francisco Chronicle, Imperial

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