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Is democracy really the best form of government? | Steven Pinker

August 17, 2019 at 11:31 am | Articles, Blog | Ruben Talley -

Probably the most famous product of the Enlightenment was the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, a blueprint for a form of governance that tried to get the benefits of government—seeing as how anarchy is worse because you get spirals of vendetta and feuding and violence—You don’t get the coordination of large scale economies without

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“Is democracy really the best form of government? | Steven Pinker”

Van Jones: Let’s Stop Trying to Please Republicans

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I don’t understand how this individual mandate is something that we’ve allowed the Republicans to define as some sort of, quote-unquote, government takeover. In fact, it’s their idea. The progressives were saying we want single-payer. Myself, I would say why do you need insurance companies for health care at all. Insurance is what you buy

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“Van Jones: Let’s Stop Trying to Please Republicans”

Why bankers are like time travelers who grab value from the future | Yanis Varoufakis

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Ever since humanity emerged, we’ve all had debts to one another. We are a collaborative species. We survived the evolutionary struggle in the jungle and in the steppes, in the desert only through collaboration. Collaboration requires reciprocity. I do something for you today, you do something for me tomorrow. That is a debt. It’s a

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“Why bankers are like time travelers who grab value from the future | Yanis Varoufakis”

Cornel West: The Difference Between Justice and Revenge

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Cornell West: Shelley was right when he said poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Yes Percy, we appreciate that. We understand that. We know they published that after you died, but we got the memo. By poetry he wasn’t talking about versifiers, he wasn’t talking about folks who write words on a page;

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“Cornel West: The Difference Between Justice and Revenge”

Turning coal miners into coders is not the answer to automation | Andrew Yang

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We’ve all deeply, deeply internalized the logic of the marketplace, which is that our value is reflected in our economic value. This is one reason why we have otherwise very, very smart well-intended people talking about how to turn coal miners into software coders. Why is it that we think that they must become software

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“Turning coal miners into coders is not the answer to automation | Andrew Yang”

Why Are Nations So Divided? Trump, Brexit, and the Struggle for Status

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My book is basically about the value divides in modern societies. I focused a lot on Britain, but I think a lot of it applies to America too. And I’m talking about not so much the kind of elite/non-elite divide—when we talk about elites we often mean I think the top three or five percent

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“Why Are Nations So Divided? Trump, Brexit, and the Struggle for Status”

Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)

August 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm | Articles, Blog | Ruben Talley -

Hi, my name is Leon Botstein. I’m president of Bard College and I’m a musician and a historian of music. My subject today is the arts and art and what is it and why should we study it. Why is it part of university curriculum? Why is it something that an undergraduate student should worry

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“Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)”