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4 days ago by p-jo
The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker
Mercer “has surrounded our President with his people, and his people have an outsized influence over the running of our country, simply because Robert Mercer paid for their seats.”
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4 days ago by tarakc02
Town square test - Wikipedia
In his book The Case for Democracy, published in 2004, Sharansky explains the term: If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a "fear society" has finally won their freedom.[1]

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5 days ago by nhaliday
Accusé d’antiparlementarisme, NosDéputé pris en grippe par des députés
Certains nouveaux parlementaires ne goûtent guère la manière dont le site « NosDéputés » fait apparaître leur activité au Palais Bourbon. Ses responsables ont été conviés à l’Assemblée nationale, mais la rencontre a tourné court.
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5 days ago by pankkake
Democracy in danger – what to do
Almost everyone would agree that liberal democracy, allowing us to rule ourselves while protecting our individual rights and freedom, is an invaluable part of our heritage. And yet democracy is in danger, threatened by declining voter turnout in general elections; plummeting levels of public trust in politicians, growing political ignorance among voters and a steeply declining quality of political discourse. Much of this danger is psychologically based and Roger Paxton discusses how psychology can help to bolster democracy in the June 2017 issue of the Psychologist.
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5 days ago by Jswindle
Carroll Quigley - Wikipedia
Weapons and democracy[edit]
From a historical study of weapons and political dynamics, Quigley concludes that the characteristics of weapons are the main predictor of democracy.[10][11] Democracy tends to emerge only when the best weapons available are easy for individuals to buy and use.[12] This explains why democracy occurs so rarely in human history.[13]
In the 1800s (peaking in the 1880s), guns were the best weapon available. In America, almost everyone could afford to buy a gun, and could learn how to use it fairly easily. Governments couldn't do any better: it became the age of mass armies of citizen soldiers with guns[12] (Similarly, Periclean Greece was an age of the citizen soldier and of democracy[13]).
In the 1900s, expensive, specialist weapons (such as tanks and bombers) became available, and citizen soldiers became dominated by specialist soldiers.[14] Quigley notes that the slaughter of World War I (1914-1918) was due to the mismatch between the traditional armies (citizen soldiers) and the available weapons (machine guns used defensively).[15]
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5 days ago by imaginaryfriend
Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue - The Washington Post
“The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em," Bannon told the American Prospect. "I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
5 days ago by srhhnry
Adolf Hitler Said the Holocaust Could Have Been Stopped by 'Smashing the Nucleus' of the Nazi Party?
Only one danger could have jeopardised this development – if our adversaries had understood its principle, established a clear understanding of our ideas, and not offered any resistance. Or, alternatively, if they had from the first day annihilated with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our new movement.
6 days ago by srhhnry
Liquid Democracy and Emerging Governance Models @ ConsenSys Media
Liquid democracy, also known as delegative democracy, is not a brand new idea, but the technological infrastructure necessary to build it hasn’t existed until very recently. It is a type of electronic democracy that combines direct democracy with representative democracy to create a much more fluid and transparent governance structure.
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6 days ago by cyberchucktx
"The First of a New Genus": Mary Wollstonecraft as a Literary ... - jstor
“Mr Johnson […] assures me that if I exert my talents in writing, I may support myself in a comfortable way. I am then going to be the first of a new genus — I tremble at the attempt.”
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