Category Archives: Politics

Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy

In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at … Continue reading

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How Twitter needs to change

Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform — acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes that he … Continue reading

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The surprising decline in violence

Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.

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“Final Offer” DUST Original Sci-Fi Short Film – Exclusive Premiere

“Final Offer” by Mark Slutsky A down-on-his-luck lawyer awakes in a doorless room to find he’s been selected to negotiate on behalf of the human race.

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RSA ANIMATE: Smile or Die

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

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Financial Times on Twitter

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Millionaire Brexit donor targets 140 remain MPs in general election | Politics | The Guardian

  Financier Jeremy Hosking takes aim at Labour heartlands and says he wants no backsliding on Europe Source: Millionaire Brexit donor targets 140 remain MPs in general election | Politics | The Guardian

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Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has … Continue reading

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Progressive fundamentalism: how Hollywood and the media fortify the bubbles we all live in – Updated by Todd VanDerWerff Nov 14, 2016, 11:00am EST — Just Sayin’

The left can win over rural America without compromising its values. But it will take time and building relationships. When I go home to South Dakota to visit my family, I speak two languages. One is the language of my … Continue reading

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Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics — Quartz

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings … Continue reading

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