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Facing a future of technologic wonders: Artificial Intelligence by David Brin

Don’t be demoralized; we’ve faced waves of anti-science mania before. Today, let’s assume we decide to resume being a boldly confident, ever-ambitious, scientific and technological civilization, in which children believe they can be better than their parents… but parents make that goal hard to achieve, in the best way, because we’re improving too!

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Economics under Trump by David Brin

Please. We have one hope. That a civilization built by pragmatic idealists—who used fact-grounded skills to craft a nation and a gradually better society—can somehow use facts to save it. We will win this on two fronts:

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Trump’s Divided America by David Brin

This reporter tried hard, for a week to live life with no reference to the President (read Farhad Manjoo in The NY Times).  But this mother of storms exceeds any combination of known attention storms. Sci fi offers a simple explanation.  He is an attention vampire. However many hate him… however little he actually accomplishes… an attention vampire will flourish as ever-more humans look at him, feel emotions about him, say his name.

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Post-election: picking up the pieces by David Brin

Okay, back to a general post-mortem: let’s focus on the election itself, starting with two quick dismissals.  This was not about working class pain, or racism.

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Tech marvels and wonders by David Brin

Let’s do a quick, midweek palate cleaner, and switch to the part of our nation and civilization that is doing fabulously…. science! And for starters—

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It’s a tough world out there: and now a drumbeat for war on Iran. by David Brin

Papa Heinlein promised us interesting times during what he forecast as “The Crazy Years.” And boy are we in it.  I’ll have more, later, about Heinlein’s creepy-on-target prescience. But today, let’s focus on International affairs.

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Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx? by David Brin

I’ve long written how we should envision America as a continuing revolution against the failed feudal model that crushed human hope in 99% of human societies, across 6000 years. Indeed, our major issues today have little to do with the hoary, lobotomizing “left-right axis.” Not when Enterprise, markets, entrepreneurship and national defense all do vastly better across Democratic administrations, and the state gathers more power into its hands, across Republican ones.

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Start planning the revolution! In real life and in sci fi by David Brin

First items you all have probably heard by now - news that Donald Trump’s senior staff all use the same RNC email server that mysteriously disappeared 22 million messages during George W. Bush’s administration and one that U.S. intelligence services believe was compromised by the Russians at the same time as the DNC’s. The Trump campaign hammered Hillary Clinton for her using a private email server, during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Also five members of DT’s staff turn out to have been registered to vote i...

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Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo! by David Brin

== Calling all henchmen! ==

I’ve called for this since way back in the last century, illustrating it in The Transparent Society and in novels like Earth. We must unleash whistleblowers on the world. Envision Edward Snowden and the Panama Papers revealer, only far more extensively, with protections and rewards that lure secrets out of shadows.

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Transparency, Privacy and Surveillance in a new era by David Brin

Surviving Surveillance: My co-editor of the Chasing Shadows anthology - Stephen W. Potts - has written a “5 books” contribution to the Tor web site, taking you on a tour of (almost) half a dozen great science fictional portrayals of surveillance.