Category: Politics

Is Liberal Federalism the Future of the Left?

As has been reported widely, the FCC recently changed its so-called “net neutrality” policy, effectively allowing broadband companies such as Verizon and Comcast to adjust their service delivery models to reflect the bandwidth usage of media sites. Net neutrality is a contentious issue, and the New York Times‘ Farhad Manjoo laid out the case for

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Eurasia Group’s 2018 Risk Watch List

Don’t miss Eurasia Group’s 2018 political risk outlook out now.  From the report’s intro: Let’s be honest: 2018 doesn’t feel good. Yes, markets are soaring and the economy isn’t bad, but citi- zens are divided. Governments aren’t doing much governing. And the global order is unraveling. The scale of the world’s political challenges is daunting.

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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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