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Let’s Stop Scaring People About Technological Change Share This

Rob Atkinson | Oct 27, 2020 | Technology

If you’re an average working person, going about your life, trying to put the next meal on your table, and happen to listen to the media and pundits talk about technology, your natural response is probably to vote a straight Luddite ticket in the next election. People are being fed a steady diet of techno-revolution […]

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Escape from the Working Class Share This

Michael Lind | Oct 26, 2020 | Working Class

Discussions about policies to help the multiracial American working class majority as a whole typically take a detour into the completely unrelated subject of how to help individuals escape from the working class. Helping as many individuals escape from working-class occupations as possible is the goal of both the conventional center-left and the conventional center-right.  […]

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What To Do After Big Tech’s Pearl Harbor Attack on the New York Post Share This

Josh Hammer | Oct 26, 2020 | Big Tech

As of this writing, the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, has been locked out of its own Twitter account for almost two weeks. It is not entirely obvious why. But what we do know is that, to date, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has denied the veracity of the Post‘s divulged “Hunter files” email trove […]

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The Once and Future Republican Orthodoxy Share This

Wells King | Oct 23, 2020 | American Tradition

The American Enterprise Institute has just released a new white paper that defends the CARES Act against arguments from the right. Contra deficit hawks and libertarians in Congress, Jay Cost argues that recent deficit-financed economic stimulus falls squarely within the “parameters of Republican orthodoxy on economic conservatism.” It’s an orthodoxy with origins not in libertarian […]

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Justice Department Sues Google (But have they focused on the right target?) Share This

Marshall Auerback | Oct 21, 2020

As widely expected, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets. After the recent House Subcommittee Report came out, this action was only a matter of time. The question is […]

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Social Media is an Engineering Disaster Waiting to Happen Share This

Samuel Hammond | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

Fake news pales in its power to real news presented with misleading frequency.

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Can the Left Overcome its Technopessimism? Share This

Rob Atkinson | Oct 20, 2020 | Liberals

In his excellent American Compass essay “The Five Deadly Sins of the Left”, Ruy Teixeira calls out the left for what he terms their “technopessimism”. He writes: “the Left has become distinctly unenthusiastic about the potential of technology, tending to see it as a dark force to be contained rather than a force for good […]

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The Flattering Alarmism of The Social Dilemma Share This

John Sailer | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

The new and popular documentary, The Social Dilemma, probably could have been an article published in 2018. That’s not to dismiss what it has to say. Framed as the social media equivalent of Food Inc., the movie interviews academics and former tech company execs, all of whom make now-popular arguments about the hidden costs of […]

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Respect the People Share This

Chris Arnade | Oct 19, 2020 | Financial Markets

Like every banker, I remember my first bail-out fondly. Mine was January 1995 and I was working for Salomon Brothers bond trading business, and we, like all of Wall Street, had gotten ourselves out over our skis. The particular reason was Mexico, but the general reason was hype and greed. The hype surrounding the recently […]

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Seven Deadly Political Sins Share This

R. R. Reno | Oct 18, 2020 | American Tradition

Self-examination is a useful exercise. I’m grateful to Henry Olsen, Micah Meadowcroft, Josh Hammer, and Michael Lind (in a cognate posting) for their reflection on the sins of the American right. I’d like to add my voice to this collective mea culpa. As a sometime theology professor, I’ll key my observations to the classical list […]

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Tales of Bureaucratic Incompetence and the Sins of the Left and Right Share This

Amber Lapp | Oct 17, 2020 | Welfare State

After working as a manager at Chick-Fil-A for four years, Elizabeth Nowowiejski, a married mother of two living in Toledo, began a new job as a patient coordinator at a medical office. Her first day was January 20, 2020. By March 18th her office was down to a skeleton staff due to Covid-19 and Elizabeth […]

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The Three Failed Utopias of the Establishment Right Share This

Michael Lind | Oct 16, 2020

In March 2016, as Donald Trump was headed toward securing the nomination of the Republican party for president at the Republican national convention in July, I published a piece in The National Interest about the collapse of the establishment Republican agenda.  Today, on the verge of the 2020 election, my essay is as relevant as […]

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