From polarization to spam, the problems of social media are the problems of democracy.
These are some of the concepts vying for my attention. Which ones do you think are most relevant/interesting right now?
Nowhere else in the free world is abortion an issue of such contention, because nowhere in the free world is a property right in other human beings so deeply embedded in the national soul. The tension between the truths we hold self-evident and the realities we’ve created on the ground will probably not be peacefully resolved.
The biggest threat to the integrity of our elections isn’t the machines, but the users.
What’s Next after democracy may already be ascendant.
Andrew Yang is a model of the new capitalist, a breed of pragmatic business professionals thrilled by the potential of markets, yet keenly conscious of market limitations. Tech professionals like Yang are just beginning to exercise their political leverage.
If liberal democracy isn’t the pinnacle of human social order, then what is?
We are trapped in a push-pull between low unemployment with low pay and higher wages with disappearing jobs. That dynamic will remain as long we retain our cultural and economic dependence on mass employment.
Diversity is about more than the humane tolerance of others, it is an evolutionary imperative. We will master a world of looser, more diverse cultural ties, or fall behind those who do.
This year’s first post on Political Orphans described seven prominent, but under-appreciated figures who seemed poised for a breakout year. Here’s a look at what each of them accomplished in 2017.