Category: Politics

Author Interview: Peter W. Singer on the Weaponization of Social Media

This week we had the good fortune to interview Peter W. Singer to discuss his recent Atlantic article: “War Goes Viral: How social media is being weaponized across the world.” A excerpt from the article: Even the ranking and targeting of enemies has begun to change. Take the case of Junaid Hussain. A British Muslim

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On the Meaning of Our Democracy: Post-Election Thoughts From Alexis de Tocqueville

This has certainly been an interesting week for all Americans.  As I reflect over the decision we as a country made on Tuesday, I am drawn back to the great observer of American life and politics, Alexis de Toqueville. His great work, Democracy in America, both explains what we saw and sheds light on our future. Below are some

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Free Speech and Terrorism In the Age of Social Media

This past week there has been a lot of discussion about impact of social media on the diffusion of terrorism.  In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings, more than one political leader has suggested that it’s in society’s interest to “close down” social media (and other internet) access points to suspected terrorists to safeguard citizens. China’s

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Universal Basic Income: Is Theory About to Become Reality?

It’s not often that a single idea can unify libertarians, conservatives and liberals, but once in a while a concept comes along that does just that. The Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea that has been floating around (in various forms) in economic theory for almost a century, and it seems that it’s about to come out of

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Dump Your Broker: Why Your Senator Should Manage Your Portfolio

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about money in politics and just what kind of influence money buys in Washington. This is a serious issue for America, deserving of all the time and effort so many people are putting into addressing this problem. Interestingly, however, not so much attention has been focused on the other side of

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Is Centrist America A Myth?

In case you missed it, Thomas Edsall had a fascinating article in the NYT about the work of two graduate students and their quest to understand if there really is a “silent majority” of “moderate” voters in America. Their conclusion, after conducting some interesting experiments, is that the idea that most voters are somewhere in the

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VOX: “Thailand has a coup addiction”

Max Fisher has a through analysis of the Thai coup dynamics over at VOX.  His take on the three critical reasons for the crisis: There’s a long-running battle for power between the urban minority and the poorer, rural majority, and it’s a stalemate. There’ve been years of political trench warfare between two main political factions, both of which

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Latin America’s Ukraine

Jorge G. Castañeda has a good post on Project Syndicate, in which he contrasts the U.S.’s reaction to the instability in the Ukraine to that in Venezuela. As usual, North Americans seem much more interested in what is happening on the other side of the ocean than in their own neighborhood. As Prof. Castañeda notes: In

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