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Nota Bene: Impeaching the People

From Andrew Sullivan’s essay on two new books about the impeachment process:

The founders knew that without a virtuous citizenry, the Constitution was a mere piece of paper and, in Madison’s words, “no theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.” Franklin was blunter in forecasting the moment we are now in: He believed that the American experiment in self-government “can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” You can impeach a president, but you can’t, alas, impeach the people.

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Econobots don't need nudges, but you do

Nudges have been taking the world of economics by storm. But how can they help us make better decisions?

I made a short video exploring how nudges can help lead us towards optimal decision making. 22 more words


How to identify CIA limited hangout?

by Webster Tarpley, June 2013

This article originally appeared on PressTV.ir in 2013 at this link, which is now inactive (you can see it… 3,238 more words


In the original “Republic”—the one by Plato—a distinction is made between dialectic and eristic. The former is argument made in good faith, with the goal of apprehending the truth; the latter is argument as performance, with the goal of tearing down one’s opponent.

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It is hardly possible to overrate the value . . . of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves.” He then admitted, with some resignation, that this describes the Internet we should want, not the Internet we have.

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Cass Sunstein and the ultimate frivolity of ideas

Andrew Marantz’s New Yorker article about Cass Sunstein’s essay, Conspiracy Theories, summarizes Sunstein’s ideas about conspiracy theorists. The article also chronicles people’s response to Sunstein’s ideas. 564 more words

State Crimes Against Democracy