Kicking the Can of History Down the Road

Francis Fukuyama, who predicted the "end of history" at the end of the Cold War, backtracks: Twenty-nine years later, it seems that the realists haven’t gone anywhere, and that history has a few more tricks up its sleeve. It turns out that liberal democracy and free trade may actually be rather fragile achievements. (Consumerism appears …

The Difference Between Donald Trump and UK Labour

This video recently appeared on UK Labour's Twitter feed: This is how we re-build Britain: through businesses, jobs and communities. Watch this 👇 pic.twitter.com/4GQXBJdgQa — The Labour Party (@UKLabour) August 25, 2018 If we look at this objectively, the major difference between this and what Donald Trump is trying to do is that Trump is …

The Solution Jesus Offered for the Wealthy Wasn’t Philanthropy

Elizabeth Kolbert at the New Yorker has written an interesting article about philanthropy, "then and now."  "Then" was during the Gilded Age at the end of the Nineteenth century and the beginning of the Twentieth.  "Now" is the age of the Silicon Valley magnates.  In both cases, the recipients of the wealth are a) burdened …

My Mention in @CampusReform About Women and the Principles and Practices Engineering Exam

With a new semester starting, it's only apropos to mention the back and forth I've been having about the Principles and Practices Engineering Exam, which probably seems like a pretty arcane topic...until two Kansas State academics noted that women have a lower first-time pass rate than men do. That occasioned an article by Toni Airaksinen …

Sometimes Our Goals and Those of the Chinese are the Same

In this excellent article about eventual Chinese rule of the Internet, the first goal of China is this one: Cyberpower sits at the intersection of four Chinese national priorities. First, Chinese leaders want to ensure a harmonious Internet. That means one that guides public opinion, supports good governance, and fosters economic growth but also is …

Banning Infowars is Easier Said Than Done

The efforts so far by most of social media haven't quite panned out as expected: Silicon Valley's coordinated purge of all things Infowars from social media has had an unexpected result; website traffic to Infowars.com has soared in the past week, according to Amazon's website ranking service Alexa. Well, that didn't work, not yet at least.  …

“Survival of our Democracy” Depends Upon Who We Are

One can feel the panic come through the screen: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is calling on other tech companies to ban more sites like InfoWars, and says the survival of American democracy depends on it. “Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to …

Sometimes Doing No Murder Can Get You in Trouble

The Old Grey Lady weighs in on Pope Francis' death penalty ukase by invoking the commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill": Pope Francis’s condemnation of capital punishment is simple and unambiguous: It is inadmissible. No exceptions for especially heinous crimes; no loopholes allowing execution when other lives might be in jeopardy, as in past Catholic teachings. …

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