Category Archives: Democracy

How Republics End

By Paul Krugman of the New York Times (originally posted December 19, 2016) Many people are reacting to the rise of Trumpism and nativist movements in Europe by reading history — specifically, the history of the 1930s. And they are … Continue reading

Posted in civilization, Democracy, Donald Trump, Elections, leadership, Thought-Provoking Analysis

What We Know and Don’t Know About Election Hacking – plus What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know.

by Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight When talk of Russian interference in U.S. elections comes up, much of the focus has been on state-sponsored trolls on Facebook and Twitter. Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted a number of these actors, and … Continue reading

Posted in Big Data, Botnets, Cyber security, Democracy, Democrats, Elections, FiveThirtyEight, Hacking, Political parties, Politics, Republicans, Robots, Russia, Technology, Thought-Provoking Analysis, Trolls, United States

Bias against conservatives works like any other prejudice

By Megan McArdle of the Washington Post Everyone’s angry about Kevin Williamson. The left that he was hired by the Atlantic despite having said that abortion should maybe be a capital offense; the right that he was quickly fired when … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Democrats, Political parties, Republicans, Thought-Provoking Analysis, Washington Post

Bots in the Twittersphere

By Pew Research Center (Ken Feltman: This research report is one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful reports to tackle the growing role of bots.) An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – … Continue reading

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Democracy, Elections, Fake news, Pew Research, Politics, polls, Propaganda, Robots

Black Women in White America: Women’s History Revisited

In 1972, Dr. Gerda Lerner published her pioneering study “Black Women in White America.” That same year, Dr. Lerner and Dr. Joan Kelly Gadol were fighting to prove that women had a history worth recording by co-founding the oldest women’s … Continue reading

Posted in African-American, Candidates, Congress, Controversial, Democracy, Elections, Political parties, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States, White House, Women