Democracy is going through stormy seas. The howling winds of the hurricane have been hallooing to anyone left on deck: Assange, Snowden, Weinstein, Epstein. All stand for whistleblowers, active and passive, all have become shorthands for the political scandals that shook liberal democratic political culture to the core. The sails of SS DemocracyRead More

a general theory of collaboration In 2020, everyone is either a collaborator or a dissident. Everything is about power. Everything has to have a side. Everyone knows what side they should pick. Pick it—and you’re a collaborator. Reject it—a dissident. Nor are these labels chosen to mean that dissidents areRead More

the action imperative Political detachment might seem sociopathic. It isn’t. Almost 250 years ago in a city that has vanished, the philosopher Immanuel Kant—a single shelf of whose work, to paraphrase Macaulay, is worth more than all of 21st-century literature—proposed an ethical standard for collective action. The Kantian categorical imperative—anRead More

Google: “How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?” It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they’re on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It’s a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It’s the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.Read More

In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”Read More

Why are millions of Remainers refusing to accept the referendum on Brexit in 2016? It’s easy to soapbox about liberal elites not accepting democracy when it makes choices they don’t agree with but this is wrong. Setting aside politics and class and party lines, Brexit is a question of reality and responsibility; on actions that must be when words and fantasy simply can’t.

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