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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.

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...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Why Truth Matters by John G. Messerly

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care about how you got your money as long as you have got it.” ~ Edmund Way Teale

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Articles About American Authoritarianism by John G. Messerly

“Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?” ~ James Russell Lowell

For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing articles about the trend toward authoritarianism in the USA. Unfortunately, articles appear faster than I can read and review them, so I’ll have to stop and move on soon. With this in mind, I list a few of the pieces I won’t get to, followed by excerpts from some other good ones.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation
John G. Messerly
Eliezer Yudkowsky on Politics – Part 2 by John G. Messerly

Our two previous posts showed how prospect theory in behavioral economics explains why so many gambled on Trump, and why the artificial intelligence and decision theory expert Eliezer Yudkowsky thinks that this was a mistake. In a post written the day before the election, Yudkowsky expanded on both themes, providing a simple explanation of how many of the gamblers reasoned:

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Fellows > Ben Goertzel
Ben Goertzel
Thiel Fellowships, Singularity University, and the value of good old-fashioned universities by Ben Goertzel

This Business Insider article on the outcome so far of the Thiel Fellowship experiment is interesting, though not surprising..

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > Richard Eskow
Richard Eskow
How Trump, Grifter for the Elite, Grabbed Government for the 0.01 Percent by Richard Eskow

Our country’s privileged few used to exert their control through political surrogates. Now, thanks to Donald Trump, they’re taking a more hands-on approach.

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Do You Have A Right To Your Opinion? Trump and Millions of Illegal Votes by John G. Messerly

Trump: “I believe that cows can jump over the moon.” Question: “Is that really true?” Pence: “He has a right to his opinion.”

Donald Trump recently tweeted: “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”