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Essay: How Do Societies Recover After Years (Even Decades) of Lies?

"How do societies get over years, or even decades, of being lied to? How does a society that has run on “disinformation” exit from that system?"

"The question has obvious contemporary relevance. Yet mass disinformation is not a new phenomenon, or even necessarily a modern one. It has historical precedents."

"In Germany, the problem of widespread disinformation started with an explosive new media—namely print. When the printing press, developed in the 1450s, got humming by the 1490s, it disseminated a great deal of new knowledge. Yet this new media also spread disinformation, inflamed antagonisms, and accelerated questionable information on a number of subjects."

#CivilSociety #disinformation #trust #democracy
How Do Societies Recover After Years (Even Decades) of Lies?
 
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"In interviews and posts on social media in recent days, current and former U.S. intelligence officials have expressed dismay at the similarity between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations."

Via CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests

#Amerika #democracy
 
This is what a functional democracy looks like.

McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us

"Some American companies scoff that a $15 minimum wage or stronger unions would be a disastrous blow to business. Denmark challenges that narrative, for it shows that it’s possible to have a thriving economy that pays workers decently and treats them respectfully."

#DemocraticSocialism #Denmark #democracy #LivingWage #SocialJustice

The New York Times: Opinion | McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us (By Nicholas Kristof)

 
Democracy 'weakened and undermined' worldwide — study

"Political freedoms and the rule of law are being undermined in an increasing number of democracies worldwide and autocracies are becoming moire repressive, according to the latest Transformation Index by Germany's Bertelsmann Stiftung."

"The German foundation said Wednesday that the main causes of diminishing democracy globally are abuse of power and cronyism, which in turn widen social and economic inequalities."

"The drop in worldwide average scores for democracy 'are essentially the result of weaker democracies and more repressive autocracies', the study revealed."

"The foundation added that the effects of the current coronavirus pandemic further threaten democracy worldwide."

#democracy
 
You can bet on it.

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"For those who value the democratic vote, the pandemic is an obstacle to overcome. For many Republicans, it represents an opportunity to exploit. Republicans are not preparing now to make the general election go smoothly. Quite the opposite. The chaos president, and his chaos party, are setting the stage for a dangerous mess in November."

Via Republicans Will Use the Coronavirus to Suppress the Vote

#GOP #corruption #election2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #democracy
 
Yeah, that's a pretty profound question:

"What happens if you strip consumers from consumer capitalism?"

Via Coronavirus has exposed the extent of the UK's social crisis

#capitalism #civilsociety #inequality #democracy
 
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March 16th is Freedom of Information Day.

"Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and the foremost advocate for openness in government."

"Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by ALA on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know."

Pictured: James Madison, American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

#FreedomOfInformation #FOIDay #transparency #democracy
 
Why We Need "Science Citizens"

"When misunderstanding of science and a willingness to believe scientific misinformation affects not only individual welfare, but also key government policies that affect everyone, a new systemic educational approach is needed. We need to do a better job of teaching everyone to be 'science citizens'."

#science #society #civilization #democracy
 
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"The crucial difference is that Republicans try to dampen down on the rising generation because the GOP wants to hold on to power, while the Democrats are willing to limit the young even at the cost of losing power."

"Milton’s Satan would understand the logic perfectly: Better to reign over a defeated party than to rule as a junior partner in a governing coalition."

Via Will the Democratic Establishment Destroy the Party to Stop Sanders?

#DNC #election2020 #Bernie2020 #democracy
 
Defending Democracy:

"Until recently, if foreign-policy think tanks in Europe and the United States worked on democracy at all, they focused on promoting and supporting democracy elsewhere in the world. But in the last few years—and in particular since Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president in 2016—a remarkable shift has occurred. There is an active proliferation underway of projects that seek to 'defend', 'protect', or 'secure' democracy within Europe and the United States, which are increasingly seen as vulnerable. These days, every foreign-policy conference seems to have a session on the crisis of liberal democracy, usually near the outset."

"Projects that focus on 'foreign interference' often end up calling for more Western 'resilience'. In particular, they focus obsessively on stopping 'disinformation'—as if the current crisis could be reduced to a problem of deliberate political lying or false information rather than a clash of ideas and interests. But in a sense, 'resilience'—which suggests we need to become tougher without ourselves changing—is actually the opposite of what is needed to solve the crisis. The real challenge is to think about how our democracies can be reformed and in particular how democracy can be deepened so that it becomes more responsive to the needs of citizens—particularly those who have been disadvantaged or ignored in the last few decades."

Via Foreign Interference Starts at Home

#Democracy #ForeignPolicy #elections
Foreign Interference Starts at Home
 
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"As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security — then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil." -- William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.

Via William McRaven: If good men like Joe Maguire can’t speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid

#Trump #GOP #corruption #democracy
 
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"The gap between rich and poor has grown too wide, and most people have not seen real income growth in decades, he wrote. The economy is stacked against those at the bottom. Education, healthcare, the tax system, the prison system and political deadlock have created a situation that presents an 'existential risk' to the US and the rest of the world. It was a searing indictment of the status quo, not least because it came from someone who had benefited from it the most."

"While on the surface the financial numbers of the world economy look good, it is clear that the Great Recession has left a pool of seething resentment in its wake. Nationalism is sweeping the world and the political order is being overturned. As Eric Hoffer pointed out in The True Believer, his book on mass movements, the French and Russian revolutions came not at economic and social nadirs, but as living conditions were improving."

Via ‘The system is broken’: the billionaire investor who fears a return to the 1930s

#inequality #democracy
 
Meanwhile.... In our jolly old land of Oz ...
Definitely not the land of justice, & 'checks & balances' as laid out in the Constitution

Elizabeth Warren Brilliantly Trolls Chief Justice Roberts ― And He’s Not Happy


#injustice #empirefail #makeamericasaneagain #supremecourt #justiceroberts #impeachment #democracy #Constitution
 
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"We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." -- Rania Khalek

Background: Dissatisfaction with democracy 'at record high'

#democracy #oligarchy #inequality
 
Greeaaaat.

Doomsday Clock is 100 seconds to midnight, the symbolic hour of the apocalypse

"The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the Doomsday Clock up to 100 seconds to midnight — a metaphor for the end of the world — in a recognition of growing threats from nuclear war, climate change and disinformation."

"The clock had been at two minutes to midnight since 2018. Now, the looming dangers are captured in a smaller unit in a testament to the need for urgent action, the Bulletin said Thursday, as its president warned of influential leaders who 'denigrate and discard the most effective methods for addressing complex threats'."

"The latest jump closer to midnight 'signals really bad news', said astrophysicist Robert Rosner, part of the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board. 'What we said last year is now a disturbing reality in that things are not getting better'."

#apocalypse #climatecrisis #nuclearwar #disinformation #democracy #war

 
This stuff actually matters, means something, if anything means anything. #democracy
 
"America is held up as the 'land of the free and the home of the brave'. But its democratic credentials look less impressive when we consider: a fragile electoral system; low levels of turnout; the breathtaking intensity of voter suppression; the outdated and discriminatory Electoral College; the role of corrupt capitalism; the power of lobbying; social media, local radio and Russian interference; dubious Supreme Court decisions; the gerrymandering of electoral boundaries; and the frightening legacy of slavery and race."

#America #democracy
 
This is the most 'true' headline I think I have read in a long time, And it did break our democracy.

#CitizensUnited #democracy
 
Here it comes.

#democracy
Is Liberal Democracy Always the Answer?
 
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"The belief that Russia is on our side in the war against secularism and sexual decadence is shared by a host of American Christian leaders, as well as their colleagues on the European far right. Among them, for example, are the movers and shakers behind the World Congress of Families, an American evangelical and anti-gay-rights organization that Buchanan has explicitly praised. One of the WCF’s former leaders, Larry Jacobs, once declared that 'the Russians might be the Christian saviors of the world'. The WCF even has a Russian branch, which is run by Alexey Komov, a man in turn linked to Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian oligarch who has hosted far-right meetings all across Europe. At the WCF’s most recent meeting, in Verona, senior Russian priests mingled with leaders of the Italian far right, the Austrian far right, and their comrades from the American heartland."

Worth a read: The False Romance of Russia

#Russia #Amerika #democracy #conservative #religiosity #secularism
 
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Tough choice of candidate names in Brighton Pavilion contituency. 🧐

I like independent candidates, but if Bob Dobbs, then he's a knob.

A UKIP candidate named Nigel F? Not thanks!

Labour's trying too hard. "I man poor", yes we get it.

Brexit Party - Milton, as in Paradise Lost. Nice touch.

Monster Raving Loony Party's candidate is Citizen Skwith. Well, we might have a winner. 😂

PS: But seriously, I'm so lucky to live in Caroline Lucas' constituency. Being able to vote for a candidate your respect, knowing they'll probably be elected, is a rare pleasure these days.

#UK #elections #democracy
 
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"America needs an honest discussion of what’s really going on in this country right now, what the real conflict is, and who the real players are (and why they’re playing). The conflict is playing out on a series of meta-layers (race, class, religion, regionality), all designed to conceal the real war the oligarchs are waging against democracy itself, and those conflicts will continue to intensify until one side or the other has won what is now still a 'cold war'."

Via Will America's Billionaires Start a Second Civil War?

#oligarchy #democracy #inequality #GOP #corporatocracy
Will America’s Billionaires Start a Second Civil War?
 
Alberta’s chief electoral officer says removal of election commissioner not impacting investigation https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-albertas-chief-electoral-officer-says-removal-of-election/
#Occupy #Canada #UnitedNations #Democracy #Corruption
 
Worth a read.

Will America's Billionaires Start a Second Civil War?

"If we are, indeed, on the brink of a second Civil War, it’s already being waged as a 'cold war', with the occasional armed skirmish being provoked by the so-called alt-right movement. And, as in the past, this will be a war by the very, very rich against the rest of America."

"As oligarchs reach out and extend their control over nation after nation (now having seized, in just the past few decades, either soft or hard control over Russia, India, the Philippines, Hungary, Poland, Brazil, and dozens of other nations) the battlegrounds are shifting to Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France."

#oligarchy #inequality #democracy
Will America’s Billionaires Start a Second Civil War?
 
"Pussy Riot co-founder Maria (nicknamed Masha) Alyokhina came to Berlin on Thursday for the Ost-Europa-Tage (Eastern Europe Days) festival, whose theme was 'Feminism and Democracy'. Alyokhina was invited to read excerpts of her memoir, Riot Days, alongside three other female authors: Bulgarian poet Violeta Koleva, Czech author Dora Kapralova and Polish writer Roksana Wiankowska."

"Before the reading, DW met up with the Russian activist to discuss current developments in Russia."

#MariaAlyokhina #PussyRiot #feminism #democracy #Russia
 

Voter manipulation on social media now a global problem, report finds | TechCrunch

New research by the Oxford Internet Institute has found that social media manipulation is getting worse, with rising numbers of governments and political parties making cynical use of social media algorithms, automation and big data to manipulate public opinion at scale — with hugely worrying implications for democracy.
#technology #politics #democracy #security
Voter manipulation on social media now a global problem, report finds
 

The west’s self-proclaimed custodians of #democracy failed to notice it rotting away / Pankaj Mishra


Anglo-American lamentations about the state of democracy have been especially loud ever since Boris #Johnson joined Donald #Trump in the leadership of the free world. For a very long time, #Britain and the United States styled themselves as the custodians and promoters of democracy globally, fighting a great moral battle against its foreign enemies. From the cold war through to the “war on terror”, the Caesarism that afflicted other nations was seen as peculiar to Asian and African peoples, or blamed on the despotic traditions of Russians or Chinese, on African tribalism, Islam, or the “Arab mind”.

But this analysis – amplified in a thousand books and opinion columns that located the enemies of democracy among menacingly alien people and their inferior cultures – did not prepare its audience for the sight of blond bullies perched atop the world’s greatest democracies. The barbarians, it turns out, were never at the gate; they have been ruling us for some time.

The belated shock of this realisation has made impotent despair the dominant tone of establishment commentary on the events of the past few years. But this acute helplessness betrays something more significant. While democracy was being hollowed out in the #west, mainstream politicians and columnists concealed its growing void by thumping their chests against its supposed foreign enemies – or cheerleading its supposed foreign friends.

Decades of this deceptive and deeply ideological discourse about democracy have left many of us struggling to understand how it was hollowed from within – at home and abroad. Consider the stunning fact that #India, billed as the world’s largest democracy, has descended into a form of Hindu supremacism – and, in Kashmir, into racist imperialism of the kind it liberated itself from in 1947.

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is enforcing a seemingly endless curfew in the valley of Kashmir, imprisoning thousands of people without charge, cutting phone lines and the internet, and allegedly torturing suspected dissenters. #Modi has established – to massive Indian acclaim – the regime of brute power and mendacity that Mahatma #Gandhi explicitly warned his compatriots against: “English rule without the Englishman”.

All this while “the mother of parliaments” reels under English rule with a particularly reckless Englishman, and Israel – the “only democracy in the Middle East” – holds another election in which millions of Palestinians under its ethnocratic rule are denied a vote.

The vulnerabilities of western democracy were evident long ago to the Asian and African subjects of the British empire. Gandhi, who saw democracy as literally the rule of the people, the demos, claimed that it was merely “nominal” in the west. It could have no reality so long as “the wide gulf between the rich and the hungry millions persists” and voters “take their cue from their newspapers which are often dishonest”.

Looking ahead to our own era, Gandhi predicted that even “the states that are today nominally democratic” are likely to “become frankly totalitarian” since a regime in which “the weakest go to the wall” and a “few capitalist owners” thrive “cannot be sustained except by violence, veiled if not open”.

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"The gatherings took place at Lion Rock in Kowloon and Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island, where crowds chanted 'Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom' and shone their mobile phone lights, which were visible from afar."

#HongKong #Freedom #Democracy
Hongkongers light up city’s mountaintops with protest demands during lantern festival
 

Lord of the Flies (1963)


William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an #allegory and, therefore, each character and element of the story represents an aspect of #human #nature and #society. For example:The story begins when a group of English #schoolboys find themselves without adult supervision and stranded in a uninhabited #tropical #island after the plane that was evacuating them from a #war zone was shot down. As the #boys begin to adapt to the new #environment, they struggle to maintain the rules of their "civilised" world and a #microcosm of human society develops as the ultimate #cautionary #tale ( quite relevant in the context of #Trump and #USA #imperialism ). Needless to say, William Golding's Nobel Prize-winning book offers many more details and insights into his examination of human nature, while Peter Brook's film adaptation, a work of art in itself, serves as a visual companion to the book.

#LordOfTheFlies #Golding #Brooks #Criterion #film #video #movie #psychology #philosophy #morality #politics #law #order #democracy #anarchy #anarchist #tyranny #fear #evil #religion #tribal #war #hate #primitive #savagery #chaos #bullying #violence #corruption #ecology #reflection #social #dynamics #civilization #humanity #humankind
 

Lord of the Flies (1963)


William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an #allegory and, therefore, each character and element of the story represents an aspect of #human #nature and #society. For example:The story begins when a group of English #schoolboys find themselves without adult supervision and stranded in a uninhabited #tropical #island after the plane that was evacuating them from a #war zone was shot down. As the #boys begin to adapt to the new #environment, they struggle to maintain the rules of their "civilised" world and a #microcosm of human society develops as the ultimate #cautionary #tale ( quite relevant in the context of #Trump and #USA #imperialism ). Needless to say, William Golding's Nobel Prize-winning book offers many more details and insights into his examination of human nature, while Peter Brook's film adaptation, a work of art in itself, serves as a visual companion to the book.

#LordOfTheFlies #Golding #Brooks #Criterion #film #video #movie #psychology #philosophy #morality #politics #law #order #democracy #anarchy #anarchist #tyranny #fear #evil #religion #tribal #war #hate #primitive #savagery #chaos #bullying #violence #corruption #ecology #reflection #social #dynamics #civilization #humanity #humankind
 
"We knew that the president welcomed assistance from a foreign power in order to win an election, and has fawned over his political patron in this endeavor, Vladimir Putin, since he became president. We knew that though he was not competent enough to construct a conspiracy, he was eager to collude with a foreign foe to defeat his domestic one. And we knew that he then lied about it as baldly as he lies about almost everything, and tried repeatedly to obstruct the investigation into the affair. His attorney general then blatantly lied about the key conclusions of the Mueller report, distorting the public debate for weeks as he kept the contents under wraps, and then bet that Americans, with our gnat-like attention spans, would simply move on."

"We also knew that in contemporary America, none of these facts matter in the slightest. The notion that the average citizen should care deeply about the rule of law and constitutional norms — and even actively defend them — has become terribly passé. Now, all that truly matters is whether we are entertained by someone who can command televisual excitement the way Trump does on a daily, hourly basis. If he can’t, whatever the underlying facts, no one gives a damn."

#America #democracy
 
"Six men sat down for a business meeting on the morning of October 18 last year, amid the hubbub and marble-columned opulence of Moscow’s iconic Metropol Hotel, to discuss plans for a 'great alliance'."

"The six men — three Russians, three Italians — gathered beneath the spectacular painted glass ceiling in the hotel lobby last October had their eyes on history too. Their nominal purpose was an oil deal; their real goal was to undermine liberal democracies and shape a new, nationalist Europe aligned with Moscow."

"BuzzFeed News has obtained an explosive audio recording of the Metropol meeting in which a close aide of Europe’s most powerful far-right leader — Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini — and the other five men can be heard negotiating the terms of a deal to covertly channel tens of millions of dollars of Russian oil money to Salvini’s Lega party."

"The recording reveals the elaborate lengths the two sides were willing to go to conceal the fact that the true beneficiary of the deal would be Salvini’s party — a breach of Italian electoral law, which bans political parties from accepting large foreign donations — despite the comfort with which he and Europe’s other far-right leaders publicly parade their pro-Kremlin political sympathies."

#Russia #EU #democracy #DirtyTricks
 
"Six men sat down for a business meeting on the morning of October 18 last year, amid the hubbub and marble-columned opulence of Moscow’s iconic Metropol Hotel, to discuss plans for a 'great alliance'."

"The six men — three Russians, three Italians — gathered beneath the spectacular painted glass ceiling in the hotel lobby last October had their eyes on history too. Their nominal purpose was an oil deal; their real goal was to undermine liberal democracies and shape a new, nationalist Europe aligned with Moscow."

"BuzzFeed News has obtained an explosive audio recording of the Metropol meeting in which a close aide of Europe’s most powerful far-right leader — Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini — and the other five men can be heard negotiating the terms of a deal to covertly channel tens of millions of dollars of Russian oil money to Salvini’s Lega party."

"The recording reveals the elaborate lengths the two sides were willing to go to conceal the fact that the true beneficiary of the deal would be Salvini’s party — a breach of Italian electoral law, which bans political parties from accepting large foreign donations — despite the comfort with which he and Europe’s other far-right leaders publicly parade their pro-Kremlin political sympathies."

#Russia #EU #democracy #DirtyTricks
 
Anti-democratic GOP fuckery in Texas.

'Hide the evidence': New Texas law may help GOP keep secrets about its redistricting strategy

"Texas has passed a new law that lets lawmakers conceal their emails and other communications from public scrutiny, as they prepare to redraw the state’s voting maps."

"The law’s Republican authors, North Texas' Rep. Charlie Geren and Sen. Kelly Hancock, billed it as a housekeeping matter, a routine update to rules governing how lawmakers retain records and run debates. It passed easily with almost no discussion and little media attention."

#GOP #Texas #transparency #secrecy #democracy
 

The Superrich Endanger Democracy


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20123352
Posted by ericdanielski (karma: 1014)
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\#HackerNews #democracy #endanger #superrich #the
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Mueller tells Congress and America: Read the Report!!

Just another day in the "post-sanity", post-civility tenure of the Hate & Divide "administration" (as promoted by Fox & Friends) ?!

An interesting time to return home, perhaps, to headlines (except on Faux "news") all along the lines of "Korea escalating after Trump walk-out in February", and "Mueller says to read the evidence in the report, and proceed... Yes, obstruction...." No, coherent "policy".

Predicting a meltdown - somewhere - sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, on the world reality-tv stage - AKA "Trump's mind", the news should all be about his glorious trophy he made (not his need to wear slippers), and what a delightful Memorial Day message he sent to both Americans and Japanese. SMH.... Unreal!
There is certainly no relationship to either reality or the vision of this country or its Constitution - not in the WH or much of Congress.

Daily Show synopsis of Trump's Memorial Day Visit to Japan: https://youtu.be/Et2DnMxTVws

#muellerreport #corruption #democracy #Trump #obstruction #impeachment #politics #lockthemup #Congress
 
Assange hatte immer Recht mit seiner Aussage die USA wollte ihn langfristig weg sperren. Durch, Snowden und viele andere wissen wir überhaupt erst über die Machenschaften der Geheimdienste. Wir wissen das sie fast alles können inkl dein abgeschaltetes Handy nutzen, weitreichend Daten abgreifen. Sie können und sie denken sie dürften alles machen. Die Freiheit von Assange ist nicht nur für ihn selber bedroht. Das was die USA machen ist es Widerstand zu brechen und Angst zu schüren bei denen, die sich dagegen wehren überwacht und der Freiheit beraubt zu werden. Der erste und wichtigste Weg ist die Verantwortung selber zu übernehmen. Nur dann kann man frei sein. Ich bin der DSGVO inzwischen dankbar. Sie hat mir die selbstverschuldete Unmündigkeit im Bereich Daten aufgezeigt. Es fühlt sich gut an die Kontrolle darüber zurück zu gewinnen. Wer "kostenlose" Clouddienste verwendet, bezahlt diese mit der Datenfreiheit. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen. Beim "kostenlosen" Facebook bezahlst Du Dein Leben und Deiner Identität in dem Du den Algorithmus fütterst, um mit Deiner Identität Geld zu verdienen. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen! Du "verdienst" Geld, dass durch Schulden von andere für Dich geschöpft habe, bei dem du das zehnfach bezahlen muss als was Du bekommst. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen. Der Punkt am Ende ist, das Freiheit einen Entscheidung ist und welchen Wert Du bereit bist zu schöpfen und einzubringen! Der Wert bist Du selber! Die Entscheidung alleine bei Dir!

#freespeech #trump #donaldtrump #america #anarchism #usa #liberty #landofthefree #politics #unitedstates #washingtondc #democracy #firstamendment #Freedomofthepress
 
Yup. Or as historian Michael Beschloss said yesterday (paraphrasing), if the Congress does not act now, to refute the administration's declaration that not only does Congress not have the right to oversee executive power abuses, but the exec can simply ignore Congress' subpoenas and Constitutional obligations, "we might has well fold it up and call it a day for democracy". He quoted Madison and framers who would no doubt be shaking their heads and wondering why there has not already been impeachment and conviction... Here is Robert Reich's take.

The House Now Has a Constitutional Duty to Impeach Trump


#Constitution #impeachment #democracy #dictatorship #America #corruption
 

I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.


(Who wins from public debate? Liars, bullies and trolls](https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/03/death-of-debate-jordan-peterson-slavoj-zizek-alexandria-ocasio-cortez)

My only Quigley with the article is the author's idealization of writing. I'd also throw in Florence Nightingale's contempt for the essay - "meer opinion about opinion". That cuts closer to the heart of the matter. Debate prizes opinion over difficult engagement. It's the chatter of the disenfranchised and helpless.

#politics #debate #democracy
 

I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.


(Who wins from public debate? Liars, bullies and trolls](https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/03/death-of-debate-jordan-peterson-slavoj-zizek-alexandria-ocasio-cortez)

My only Quigley with the article is the author's idealization of writing. I'd also throw in Florence Nightingale's contempt for the essay - "meer opinion about opinion". That cuts closer to the heart of the matter. Debate prizes opinion over difficult engagement. It's the chatter of the disenfranchised and helpless.

#politics #debate #democracy
 
How far did we come? See official text of EU > Without any judge any public authority can declare what is terror content. Another trojan horse to undercut civil rights and freedom of speech. This concerns me when you then know that they want and will install the #uploadfilter and they are about to pass #article13 Read the text in the link below, because it is important! If it become reality authorities can make you to become part of the surveillance complex:
  • any public authories can decide what is terror content
  • they can make you to take down content within one hour after notice
  • they want you then to install a uploadfilter in order to filter content and take control of you content > AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY THEY WANT THE UPLOADFILTER!
REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

#freedomofspeech #democracy #meinungsfreiheit #freedom #überwachtungsstaat #surveillancesociety #Artikel13 #Article13 #Uploadfilter #JuliaReda #justice #politics #scandal #Government #HumanRights #civilrights
 
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