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“Never Again?” How fascism hijacks democracies over and over | Rob Riemen
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“Never Again?” How fascism hijacks democracies over and over | Rob Riemen

Why is it difficult to identify fascism? Well the first, the main reason I think, is that it’s bad news. And with bad news, with inconvenient truths the natural response is denial, right? The most famous form of denial related

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Should We Pay Politicians More for Quality Work? (Yes, says Stephen Dubner)
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Should We Pay Politicians More for Quality Work? (Yes, says Stephen Dubner)

If we want politics to be the kind of arena where you’re attracting and encouraging really competent people who do a job well because that’s what they’re supposed to do then you have to pay them a salary that’s commensurate

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History Lesson: Trump’s Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz
Barney Frank:  If You’re an Atheist Politician, Don’t Call Yourself an Atheist
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Barney Frank: If You’re an Atheist Politician, Don’t Call Yourself an Atheist

Well, the problem with atheism politically starts with the phrase. I have advised people who are themselves non-believers, not to use the word atheist, it has a harshness to it. It is a repudiation, not necessarily literally but it comes

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Why the U.S. is an anomaly among democracies | Eboo Patel
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Why the U.S. is an anomaly among democracies | Eboo Patel

So there’s a great book by Michael Walzer called What It Means to Be an American. And one of the things that he says is that for centuries, really from the time of the Greeks, political philosophers believed that the

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Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism Are Destined to Split Up
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Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism Are Destined to Split Up

Well people often ask me how can you be so stupid and still proclaim yourself a communist. What do you mean by this? Well, I have always to emphasize that first I am well aware that let’s call it like

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Poverty Is a Threat to Democracy, with Tavis Smiley
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Poverty Is a Threat to Democracy, with Tavis Smiley

I believe that poverty is the defining issue of our time. I believe that poverty is threatening our very democracy and I mean that sincerely. It’s threatening our very democracy, the existence of it, the future of it. I believe

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Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy  Fix America’s Inequality? | Jeffrey Sachs
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Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy Fix America’s Inequality? | Jeffrey Sachs

There’s a proposal around that’s got a lot of interest called universal basic income where everybody is guaranteed at least a certain level of income in the society. Some free market economists like Milton Friedman talked about a negative income

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

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

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What creates a mass shooter? It might be the conditioning of men. | Michael Kaufman
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What creates a mass shooter? It might be the conditioning of men. | Michael Kaufman

The common characteristic– whether it’s a shooting based on homophobia, whether it’s based on right wing terrorism, whether it’s based on just some disgruntled young person or old, not so young person– there’s a common denominator. And the common denominator,

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