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Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? by John G. Messerly

Dave Roberts of Vox has just published what I believe is the most important article I’ve read recently about the crisis of American democracy: America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? Here’s a brief summary of the piece followed by a brief commentary

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Plausible Deniability: How we’ll be attacked, unable to retaliate by David Brin

== Using a tantrum toddler to do your dirty work == Okay, bear with me, because there are a couple of vital matters of international security that may be ill-considered. Let’s start with the elephant in the room—the clear fact that is likely to lead to major war:

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
It’s not left-vs-right, stupid. It is symbolism. by David Brin

After a formal and erudite posting, let’s relax and let our hairy opinions down to talk about lots of things… starting with symbolism.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
What makes an algorithm feminist, and why we need them to be by Marcelo Rinesi

About one in nine engineers in the US is a woman, which makes some men infer from this that they are “naturally” bad at it. Many data-driven algorithms would conclude the same thing; that’s still the wrong conclusion, but, dangerously, it seems blessed by the impartiality of algorithms. Here’s how bias creeps in.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Hoffer’s The True Believer and Trump by John G. Messerly

“Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents ... Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.” ~ Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements.

Technopolitics > Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Russia 1, Data Science 0 by Marcelo Rinesi

Both sides in the 2016 election had access to the best statistical models and databases money could buy. If Russian influence (which as far as we know involved little more than the well-timed dumping of not exactly military grade hacked information, plus some Twitter bots and Facebook ads) was at any level decisive, then it’s a slap on the face for data-driven campaigning.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Cheating, gerrymandering and other threats by David Brin

I penned an important article on gerrymandering, offering new insights, and I’m waiting to hear from various journals and zines.  Alas, in this hyper-political era, editors choose according to their polemical tastes and pals… so you can expect it will likely be posted here, soon.  Meanwhile…

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Exit strategies Part II: Surprising aspects of the 25th Amendment by David Brin

Is there an exit strategy, in case the crazy gets even worse? Given the rapidity of events, I decided to offer a second weekend posting with some urgent perspectives.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Learn the true meaning of the political “F-Word” by David Brin

Put aside distractions: Spicer, Priebus, the Mooch…. It’s Steve Bannon who has drawn concerned attention lately from those seeking signs and portents. For example, Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist reads a lot and styles himself a supreme intellect. In this exploration of Bannon’s favorite books, you’ll find plenty to worry about, such as his cult-obsession with a coming apocalypse-like crisis foretold by inevitable “cycles of history.” (I’ll append more about his favorite authors, below.)

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
On Voter Fraud, Immigration, and Economic Disparity by David Brin

== The New “Voter Fraud” Commission ==

As usual, Democrats are right to complain… and they are doing it all wrong.

President Trump declared a commission aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims.  (“Millions cast illegal ballots, giving Hillary Clinton her huge popular vote margin.”) But instead of appointing a blue-ribbon, bipartisan committee of nationally respected sages, the commission will be spearheaded by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, often tied to white ...