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Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated? by David Brin

Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will invoke Hitler.” In practice, it is used to shame or chastise those who make any sort of comparison to the fascist hellscape of the mid-20th Century.*  To be sure, an overused, hyperbolic cliché can be tiresome.**

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Dark Times in American Politics by David Brin

Oy!  Now the news suggests he is being eased out, to make way for Jared.  I had better talk about Steve Bannon while I can. Unless… he’s still the Dark Lord and I had better say it, while there’s still free speech… and electricity.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
A Modest Proposal for Suicide as a Facilitator of Transhumanism by Steve Fuller

Perhaps the most potent argument against suicide in modern secular societies is that it constitutes wastage of the agent’s own life and commits at the very least indirect harm to the lives of others who in various ways have depended on the agent. However, the force of this argument could be mitigated if the suicide occurred in the context of experimentation, including self-experimentation, with very risky treatments that aim to extend the human condition. Suicides in these cases could be quite informative and hence significantly advance th...

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Biosecurity > Resilience > Directors > George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky
How to Survive the Next Catastrophic Pandemic by George Dvorsky

Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when a global scale pandemic will wipe out millions of people. And we are grossly unprepared for the next major outbreak. But in the event of a devastating pandemic—whether it be triggered by a mutated strain of an existing virus or a bioengineered terror weapon—there are some practical things you can do, both before and during the outbreak, to increase your odds of survival.

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Shifting views on immigration by David Brin

In 1939, the infamous ship St. Louis limped around the Atlantic and Caribbean with over 900 German Jews on board. Arm-twisted by the Nazis, but also shamefully, the United States and Cuba both refused sanctuary to the refugees. Eventually the ship returned to Germany and most of the passengers on board were eventually killed during the Holocaust.

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
In defense of the administrative state by Rick Searle

A few weeks back Steve Bannon, Trump’s Rasputin-like chief strategists, while in a panel discussion at CPAC laid out the agenda for the new administration. According to Bannon that agenda consisted of three parts re- establishing national security and sovereignty, economic nationalism, and what he called “the deconstruction of the administrative state.” It was the latter which Bannon’s comments suggested was behind Trump’s otherwise Bizzaro cabinet appointments where, for instance, a raging opponent of environmental protections- Sc...

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Inconvenient facts: The future of news.. and “otherness” has been stolen! by David Brin

I recently spoke (via Beam robot) at a conference on “The Future of News Media” hosted by the Institute For The Future (IFTF), in San Francisco. An erudite gathering of concerned men and women from around the world discussed problems of Fake News, declining advertising revenues, state interference, self-censorship, and the web’s tendency to corral individuals into self-isolated pocket universes that reinforce their prejudices. In the short time allocated to me as kickoff speaker, I tried to give (ahem) ‘unusual perspectives’ on eac...

Rights > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Which crisis will we face next? by David Brin

All right, here is the danger I fear most right now. The heads of four world powers desperately fear democracy in their own nations. All four want to trigger war between the United States and Iran

Rights > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > Nikola Danaylov > Featured
Nikola Danaylov
Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics by Nikola Danaylov

Technology drives change. And, by definition, change turns the world upside down. So it takes a perfectly good blue-blood nobleman and turns him into a pauper. It takes a king and, at best, makes him a ceremonial figurehead with no real power. It takes a shepherd and makes him a laborer, hopefully a member of the middle-class or, occasionally, a capitalist. And so, in the end, technology, as a bringer of change, is about politics. Because, as my undegraduate textbook defined it, politics is about “who gets what, from whom, under what condi...

Rights > BodyAutonomy > ReproRights > Contributors > Valerie Tarico
Valerie Tarico
How to Talk with Your Kid about Abortion—Especially Your Abortion by Valerie Tarico

In coming decades, better birth control like long-acting IUDs and implants may make elective abortion virtually obsolete. But for now, unsought pregnancy is still painfully common; over a million American women have an abortion each year.