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The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
Faced with the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with members of his campaign, Trump and his supporters’ first line of defense has been twofold—there was “no collusion” and the claim of Russian meddling is a “hoax.” The second line of defense is again twofold: “collusion is not a crime” and the now-proven Russian meddling had no effect. I suspect that if the Mueller report finds that the Trump campaign’s “collusion” with Russians does indeed meet the legal definition of “criminal conspiracy” and that the enormous extent of Russian meddling makes the claim that it had no effect totally implausible, many Republicans will retreat, either implicitly or explicitly, to the third line of defense: “Better Putin than Hillary.” There seems to be nothing for which the demonization of Hillary Clinton does not serve as sufficient justification, and the notion that a Trump presidency indebted to Putin is far preferable to the nightmare of a Clinton victory will signal the final Republican reorientation to illiberalism at home and subservience to an authoritarian abroad.
politics  culture  history 
14 days ago by grantpotter
The Age of Distraction: reclaiming our attention from technology’s hands
"digital technologies now privilege our impulses over our intentions. As information technologies have enveloped our lives, they have transformed our experiential world into a never-ending flow of novel attentional rewards. "
attention  politics  technology  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
Why we should bulldoze the business school| News | The Guardian
"the business school acts as an apologist, selling ideology as if it were science."
highered  education  politics  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
The trouble with charitable billionaires | News | The Guardian
“the so-called golden age of philanthropy is also an age of expanding inequality.”
economics  capitalism  politics 
may 2018 by grantpotter
Fetishizing Process
"Ultimately, he argues that specific procedures — especially consensus vs. supermajority rule — are substantially less significant as long as the practice is open, inclusive, and respectful."
politics  collaboration  consensus 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Netgain – Home
The Internet has transformed how we connect and engage with the world around us, creating challenges and opportunities in every area of contemporary life. It can be used to foster enlightenment and learning, and to promote justice. It can also be used to exert control, stifle legitimate discourse, and concentrate power in the hands of a few.
culture  politics  technology  web  internet 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Privacy Plan
"we need to decide whether to continue evolving into a surveillance society, or whether to rein in the government’s spying apparatus before more lives are ruined by information disclosures. "
surveillance  privacy  research  report  policy  politics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Can SCientiStS Speak? An assessment of media policies in Canadian federal science departments for openness of communication
politics  canada  research  highered 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The Reign of 'Terror' -
the rhetoric of terror has been used by those in power not only to sway public opinion, but to direct attention away from their own acts of terror.
politics  canada 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Open Empowerment Initiative
"Open empowerment is self-empowerment enabled by the digital revolution that is scaling faster than institutions, rules and norms can respond."
technology  culture  open  research  politics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
After the Fall: Communiques from Occupied California
After the Fall is a love letter to the insurgent students and workers on California campuses. It is intended to spark excitement and discussion and we encourage students and others to use After the Fall to mobilize forces ahead of the March 4th offensive.
education  culture  resistance  politics  struggle 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The Death of American Universities
The idea is to divide society into two groups. One group is sometimes called the “plutonomy” (a term used by Citibank when they were advising their investors on where to invest their funds), the top sector of wealth, globally but concentrated mostly in places like the United States. The other group, the rest of the population, is a “precariat,” living a precarious existence.
highered  education  culture  politics  history 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The President's Commission Higher Education for Democracy, 1947
"If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some youth and scarcely rises at all at the doors of others, while at the same time formal education is made a prerequisite to occupational and social advance, then education may become the means, not of eliminating race and class distinctions, but of deepening and solidifying them. "
education  politics  policy  highered 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens
"There’s an implied max/min problem here: the intersection of a curve representing the amount of wealth you need to spend on guards to maintain stability in the presence of a widening rich/poor gap and the amount you can save on guards by creating social mobility through education, health, and social welfare is the point at which you should stop paying for cops and start paying for hospitals and schools."
technology  surveillance  politics  economics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Students in Distress: Labor Market Shocks, Student Loan Default, and Federal Insurance Programs
Students in Distress: Labor Market Shocks, Student Loan Default, and Federal Insurance Programs #studentdebt #debt:
debt  education  policy  politics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Opening:Freedom | Cost of Freedom
"Personal, sometimes contradictory reflections and views about the experience of working within free culture."
opened  open  openeducation  reading  politics  culture 
june 2017 by grantpotter

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