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Joaquin Phoenix 2020 Oscar Acceptance Speech

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This Is How Scandinavia Got Great
The power of educating the whole person.
By David Brooks

“…the complete moral, emotional, intellectual and civic transformation of the person…. ever bigger personal responsibility towards family, friends, fellow citizens, society, humanity, our globe, and the global heritage of our species, …”

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The Future of Democracy, a New Yorker series

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On September 19, 1983, during Lebanon’s long civil war, the Reagan Administration ordered Marine PEACEKEEPERS in Beirut to open fire on Muslim militias in the mountains overlooking the city. The marines had been deployed for more than a year, after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, to help hold together one of the world’s most fractured states. Colonel Tim Geraghty, their commander, warned that an attack would cost the United States its NEUTRALITY and its mission; nevertheless, U.S. ships fired more than three hundred rounds of seventy-pound shells. Geraghty later wrote, “As the sun set at the end of a tumultuous day, I remarked to members of my staff that my gut instinct tells me the Corps is going to pay in blood for this decision.”…(emphases added)

DONALD TRUMP’S IRAN PROBLEM
By Robin Wright
January 12, 2020
The New Yorker

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Gil Scott-Heron’s Legacy Is a Work in Progress
By Giovanni Russonello

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If Bernie Wins, Where Will He Take the Democratic Party?
By Thomas B. Edsall

You Are Now Remotely Controlled

For the Sunday print edition.
 
“Cambridge Analytica’s real innovation was to pivot the whole undertaking from commercial to political objectives.
 
In other words, Cambridge Analytica was the parasite, and surveillance capitalism was the host. …
 
They have the knowledge, the machines, the science and the scientists, the secrets and the lies. All privacy now rests with them, leaving us with few means of defense from these marauding data invaders….
 
Surveillance capitalism threatens to remake society as it unmakes democracy…. They have the means to know everything about us, but we can know little about them. Their knowledge of us is not for us. Instead, our futures are sold for others’ profits…. furiously dedicated to the lucrative science and economics of human prediction for profit.”

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Why Trump Persists
Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less interested in integrity than many political analysts thought.
By Thomas B. Edsall

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Ten Political Podcasts For The Savvy Citizen
By iHeart Radio

NOTE: Feminista Jones, from the excellent Pod Save the People podcast, is now a regular on MSNBC.

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The Myth of Middle-Class Liberalism
The bourgeois are supposed to ensure open, democratic societies. In fact, they rarely have.
By David Motadel

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The war on Muslims (with Mehdi Hasan)
Ezra Klein Show