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July 04 2015

When the levee broke, instead of acknowledging errors and working to address them as a community, Europe’s elites — its politicians and civil servants, its bankers and financiers — deflected the blame in the worst possible way. They turned a systemic problem of financial architecture into a dispute between European nations. The brought back the very ghosts their predecessors spent half a century trying to dispell. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.
interfluidity » Greece
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June 11 2015

Technology does not solve some basic challenges of democracy building, above all, stirring citizens to engage in collective action and the establishment of effective representative institutions.
Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy | Foreign Policy
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May 12 2015

Almost everything that the government has to decide is a conflict between two lots of private interest – that of the politicians and that of the civil servants trying to advance their own careers and improve their own lives.
Antony Jay, writer of Yes Minister
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April 02 2015

To me, this letter by a megacorp – opportunistic as it might be – impressively illustrates the tipping point that has been reached on LGBT rights in the USA.
We are so far from an equal society, yet sometimes you just have to pause and appreciate the progress we're making.
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February 24 2015


The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Johann Hari

Argues addiction is an adaptation to misery and lack of human connection; not a chemical dependence or a moral failing.
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February 11 2015

Equality before the law is key to any democracy. Here’s where [the idea that different laws apply in the digital than in the physical sphere] is problematic. It claims a different, more liberal ruleset for skilled, tech-savvy people.

[It] has created an environment where the idea of government and with it often the ideas of democracy have been put up for debate to be replaced with … well … not much: Software that skilled people can use to defend themselves against other skilled people who might have even better software.
Digital dualism, libertarians and the law – Tante
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February 05 2015

The policies that prevail are those with business-models, that create a large pool of wealth for a small number of players, enough money in few enough hands that there’s some left over to lobby for the continuation of that policy.
No, ministers – more surveillance will not make us safer | Cory Doctorow
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February 04 2015

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"We are reluctant candidates for power ... history has thrust us upon center stage ... we are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system" – Syriza finance minister Varoufakis

December 14 2014

In einer Postdemokratie richtet sich die Politik nach der Berichterstattung. Um Politik zu gestalten kann man also zuerst Nachrichten machen. Das politische System reagiert dann darauf.
Michel Reimon
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December 01 2014

Wenn Konzerne Einfluss nehmen, ist das der "freie Markt". Wenn die Demokratie Einfluss nimmt, ist das "Bevormundung".
Niki Kowall
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Wir glauben nicht an den Marsch durch die Institutionen [...]. Es ist unmöglich sich gemäß der Logik A nach oben zu arbeiten und oben angekommen plötzlich gemäß Logik B zu handeln. Den einzigen Ausweg sehen wir in der Schaffung eines Raumes jenseits der herrschenden Logik.
8 Jahre Sektion 8: Ein Conclusio zum Abschied
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November 04 2014

Objectivity has often served as a bulwark reinforcing the privilege of dominant groups.

No one engaged in social and political dialogue can effectively occupy the emotionally detached, non-perspectival, pre-interpretive point of view presumed by [some] conceptions [of objectivity], and only those who enjoy the privileges of dominant groups can even appear to do so.

[In many] cases, the members of a dominant social group are unlikely to accept the validity of a demand for justice, either because they live at too great a social distance from the injustice in question or because they have emotional, social, and economic investments in the perpetuation of the status quo.

The ideal of public reason places the burden of proving one’s freedom from subjective interest and bias squarely upon the marginalized critic of the status quo rather than upon the dominant defender of that state of affairs.

If our concept of objectivity sets the threshold of a good-faith effort so high that no claim grounded in an experience which is not equally available to all participants is objective, then our concept of objectivity will silence the demands for justice voiced by many oppressed groups and perpetuate their marginalization.

One way [change] might be achieved is to define objectivity in terms of each person's responsibility to [...] seek out experiences which can help them understand the standpoints of the subordinate and the marginalized [and] to examine their moral and religious views self-critically to uncover any signs of ideological determination.
The Ideal of Objectivity in Political Dialogue
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July 24 2014

When we think we’re being watched, we make behavior choices that we believe other people want us to make. It’s a natural human desire to avoid societal condemnation. That’s why every state loves surveillance – it breeds a conformist population.
Glenn Greenwald On Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'
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July 04 2014

The thing about a lot of libertarians is that [they] are often analytical to an irrational extent.
Inside the libertarian version of Burning Man: Guns, booze and bitcoin - The Washington Post

June 02 2014

There is nothing more natural than to accept some or many of the norms and forms of the status quo unconsciously or uncritically... Indeed, the great political advantage of authority is that it tends to operate unconsciously and with an incredible resilience such that resistance to its terms requires intense and ongoing vigilance.
amor mundi: "When is the initiation of physical force justified?"
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May 15 2014

Politik ohne innere Veränderung der an ihr Beteiligten ist Manipulation von Eliten.
Rudi Dutschke
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May 12 2014

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
Elizabeth Warren 4 prez yo
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April 12 2014

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Social Progress Index – because GDP per capita just doesn't provide a full picture.

April 08 2014

Anti-politicization ... enables elite incumbent norms and forms to stealthily define those politics clothed as neutralities immune from criticism. ... “Beyond left and right” is a viewpoint that will almost always conduce to the reactionary politics of incumbent elites. ...

You can't engage in a “quest to build a better tomorrow” without making choices about what is better – equity or not, sustainability or not, diversity or not, violence or not. And you can't make and live with those choices without making enemies of many [...]

Political progress is progress toward sustainable equity-in-diversity and technodevelopmental vicissitudes are rendered progressive only to the extent that their costs, risks, and benefits are equitably distributed to the diversity of their stakeholders in social struggle that rarely if ever has anything to do with the championing of Science or Technology in the abstract.
amor mundi: The Future Is A Hell Of A Drug
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February 23 2014

The Secret is for conspiracists to ponder in smugly satisfied disaffected stasis; whereas bad policies, skewed budgets, false assumptions, wrongheaded aspirations, and ugly events are for citizens and activists and civil servants to expose and address and reform for the better. ...

I refuse the plutocratic rationalizations of those anarchists devoted to the fanciful spontaneism of the Invisible Hand, I refuse the complacent paranoia of the anarchists devoted to the fanciful conspiracism of the Hidden Hand, I refuse the pampered loose talk of the anarchists devoted to the fanciful smashing of the Heavy Hand.

We are the Deep State. We need to act like it, take up the long work of democratization in the service of sustainable equity-in-diversity and stop with the excuses already.
Dale Carrico: The Military-Industrial Complex Is Not A Deeper State Than Our State of Democratizing Capability
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