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Continuing our discussion of The Death Of Politics by Peter Wehner. 

How to heal our frayed republic after Trump.  Veteran of 3 Republican administrations and one of the earliest conservative critics of Donald Trump's presidential run, Peter Whener passionately and eloquently argues that the great American political tradition is dying--with catastrophic consequences. 

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Chapter 3 Part 1

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11/15/19

 

Chapters 1 and 2 of The Death Of Politics by Peter Wehner. 

How to heal our frayed republic after Trump.  Veteran of 3 Republican administrations and one of the earliest conservative critics of Donald Trump's presidential run, Peter Whener passionately and eloquently argues that the great American political tradition is dying--with catastrophic consequences. 

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Part 1 

Part 2 

Part 3

11/01/19

 

Jordan Peterson on Political Correctness, Postmoderism, and Cultural Marxism - The root of group politics.

He’s been cheered and condemned, boosted and banned… and now he’s at IdeaCity to offer perspectives from the front lines of the political correctness battleground. Professor and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson believes that no matter how controversial, we must recognize the importance of free speech – particularly on college campuses.

Recommended link:

Political Correctness and Postmodernism - Video talk by Jordan Peterson

10/18/19

 

How we identify ourselves in society at large; and how society places value on us—by what we do, our status, who we are as 'worthy' individuals.  

Recommended discussion links:

What is social identity? -  A short article that explains how we create/define our social identity.  Written and published by HowStuffWorks 04/08/11

Social Identity Theory - An article by Saul McLeod. Published by SimplyPsychology 10/24/08

Values and Norms of Society: Conformity, Conflict and Deviation in Norms - An article by Shelly Shah.  Published by Sociology Discussion 00/00/17

 

 

10/04/19

 

Continuing our discussion about listening 

Recommended discussion links:

What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics? -  A 14 minute TedTalk by Jochen Wegner in July 2019

Active listening - A Wikipedia entry with multiple references for further reading.

Stay Tuned Transcript: What is Justice? - PDF transcript of an interview with Michael Sandel, published 09/04/19 by the Preet Bharara Stay Tuned podcast. 

09/20/19

 

Listening - The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.  We listen to reply. 

Recommended discussion links:

The Biggest Communication Problem -  Article by Anthony Pica published by Lifehack.  Date unknown

5 Ways to Listen Better - An 8 minute TedTalk video by Julian Treasure published 07/01/2011

Listen, learn.....then lead - A 15 minute TedTalk video by Stanley McChrystal published 03/01/2011

09/06/19

 

Understanding gender in 2019.  Is gender a social or biological construct? 

Recommended discussion links:

Extract of Wikipedia Gender article - A 6 page document compiled by John Perry on 08/14/194.  Good info John.

Understanding Gender - A genderspectrum.org article.  Author and published date are unknown. 

Is Gender a Social Construct? - A 7 minute YouTube video TedTalk by Onora O'Neill.  Published 06/01/2013. 

08/23/19

 

Continuing our discussion on trust.

Trust - Merriam-Webster noun: 

  1. assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
  2. one in which confidence is placed 

Recommended discussion links:

Can democracy exist without trust? - A 14 minute TedTalk by Ivan Krastev. Published 06/01/2012.

What we don't understand about trust. - A 10 minute TedTalk by Onora O'Neill.  Published 06/01/2013.

 

 

08/09/19

 

Topic 1 - The Edge Effect:  familiar ground may not be the best place to cultivate creativity. 

Recommended discussion link:

The Edge Effect - An NPR Hidden Brain article (multiple authors) published 07/02/2019  

 

Topic 2 - Trust - Merriam-Webster noun: 

  1. assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
  2. one in which confidence is placed 

Recommended discussion link:

Trust - an iHeartRadio 18 minute interview with Rachel Botsman. Published 03/26/201

07/26/19

 

Ethnocentrism - The Free Dictionary by Farlex Noun: 

  1. the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.
  2. a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own. 

Recommended discussion links:

People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health And Educational Success - An NPR Hidden Brain article (with additional resources) that looks at how we relate to people like us.  Published June 3, 2019

The Edge Effect - An NPR Hidden Brain article (with additional resources) being comfortable with those who share our same interests.  Published July 2, 2019

Eating the Elephant: Ending Racism & The Magic of Trust - A 15 minute TedTalk by Dr Jay Wamsted Published on YouTube 02/13/2018. 

07/12/19

 

Artificial Intelligence:  Merriam-Webster Noun

  1. A branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers.
  2. The capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.   

Recommended discussion links:

Can we build AI without losing control over it? - A 14 minute TedTalk by neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris.  Published June 2016

Anonymous - Everyone must know this before it is deleted - An 11 minute YouTube video by Anonymous.  Published June 2018

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? - A 16 minute Ted Talk by technologist and philosoper Nick Bostrom.  Published March 2015

This is getting too real - An 11 minute YouTube video by Anonymous.  Published June 2019 - Sorry Nick Bostrom, controlling AI is already moving beyond human capability.

 

06/28/19

 

Artificial Intelligence:  Merriam-Webster Noun

  1. A branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers.
  2. The capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.   

Recommended discussion links:

Don't fear superintelligent AI - A 10 minute TedTalk by Grady Booch published November 2016

The basics of AI for business - A 12 minute TedTalk by Philipp Gerbert published October 2017 

Machine Learning vs Deep Learning vs Artificial Intelligence - A 28 minute YouTube video by Simplilearn published February 2018. 

06/14/19

 

Continuing our discussion of inequality.  

Recommended discussion links:

Why No One Feels Rich: The Psychology of Inequality - Hidden Brain a 32 minute NPR podcast explaining why we have a bias toward comparing ourselves to people who have more than us, rather than those who have less.  Here's a transcipt of this video if you prefer. 

05/31/19

 

The psychology of inequality.  Is it envy, or is it the lack of balance between egalitarianism and hierarchy?  

Recommended discussion links:

Why No One Feels Rich: The Psychology of Inequality - Hidden Brain a 32 minute NPR podcast explaining why we have a bias toward comparing ourselves to people who have more than us, rather than those who have less.  Here's a transcipt of this video if you prefer. 

Envy, The Great Tormentor - Blog post by Ally Matsoso published 01/31/2019

Jordan Peterson: Inequality and hierarchy give life its purpose - 5 minute Big Think video published 04/05/18

Oxford Union Full Address and Q&A (transcript and video) - Jordan Peterson opening remarks (or first 12 minutes of video) published by Oxford Union 06/24/18 - We need egalitarianism and hierarchy 

05/17/19

 

Interest in the idea of reparations to African-American descendants of slaves seems to be growing.  Several Democratic candidates have taken positions on the issue.  

Recommended discussion links and topic:

The Case for Reparations - By Ta-Nehisi Coates published by The Atlantic 06/01/14 

What 2020 Democrats think about reparations - PBS News Hour video published 04/12/19

Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations - Moyers & Company interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantc aired 05/21/14

When Slaveowners Got Reparations - by Tera W. Hunter published by The NYT 04/16/19

YouTube Search - A variety of results from a YouTube query on the word 'reparations'.

Reparations vs Property Rights - by Chris Calton published by The Mises Institure 09/05/18

Why No One Feels Rich: The Psychology of Inequality - Hidden Brain a 32 minute NPR podcast explaining why we have a bias toward comparing ourselves to people who have more than us, rather than those who have less. 

 

 

05/03/19

 

Free Speech - What are the obligations when we exercise it or listen to it?  

Recommended discussion links and topic:

The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience - By Bryan W. Van Norden published by the NYT 06/25/18 - Subscription required

Stop Amplifying Violent Crimes - By Harmeet K. Dhillion published by Fox News 03/15/19

Susan montgomery - I have a request for a topic.  I have spoken with Laura about this, but it would be helpful to hear what the group has to add too.  In one of the antique stores on Main St. there is a KKK figurine with the KLAN salutation KIGY [Klansman I Great You] that is up for sale for the asking price of $325.  It is 3-4" tall and made of metal.  I saw this at the beginning of the month, spoke to the owner about why they were selling it and am still in a quandary about what to do or not do.  There are quite a few symbols around town that state their intent is to express history and not hate.  This ties into issues about free speech, white supremacy and community involvement which is all at the forefront of what is going on in our country.  So not only am I asking for a broader discussion, I would also appreciate some ideas about what to do with this particular figurine. 

 

04/19/19

 

Continuing our discussion of Universal Income with focus on Andrew Yang--2020 presidential candidate. 

Recommended links:

The Freedom Dividend - A Brief from Andrew Yang presidential candidate for 2020. 

Why is This Man Running for President? - A Freakonomics podcast with Andrew Yang 02/07/18

Money for Nothing: The Truth About UBI - By Carrie Arnold Published in Nature 05/30/18

 

 

04/05/19

 

Continuing our discussion of Universal Income with focus on Andrew Yang--2020 presidential candidate. 

Recommended links:

The Freedom Dividend - A Brief from Andrew Yang presidential candidate for 2020. 

Why is This Man Running for President? - A Freakonomics podcast with Andrew Yang 02/07/18

Money for Nothing: The Truth About UBI - By Carrie Arnold Published in Nature 05/30/18

 

 

03/22/19

 

Expanding our previous topic to include nurturing and poverty reduction. 

Recommended links:

Before You Can Be With Others, First Learn To Be Alone - by Jennifer Stitt published by Being 7/12/17

School Shooters: What's Their Path To Violence? - By Rhitu Chatterjee published by NPR 2/10/19

The Boys Are Not All Right - By Michael Black published by the NYT 2/21/18

The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience  - By Bryan W. Van Norden published by the NYT 6/25/18

The Freedom Dividend - A Brief from Andrew Yang presidential candidate for 2020. 

Why is This Man Running for President? - A Freakonomics podcast with Andrew Yang 02/07/18

 

 

03/08/19

 

We have two topics for our Feb 1, 2019 meeting.  The first topic is poverty, and the second is meeting guidelines.

Recommended links:

Why Poverty is Like a Disease - By Christian H. Cooper published by Nautilus on 04/20/17

Proposed OMC meeting guidelines - From the Center for Learning and Teaching University of Michigan

02/08/19

 

Continuing our discussion of non stop political outrage and civility.

Lance Murrow - "Outrage has become the signature emotion of American public life."  

Recommended links:

Political Outrage Has become Our Way of Life, There is a Cure - By Barry Brownstein published by FEE on 12/06/18

Is Civility A Sham - A 14 minute TED talk by political theorist Teresa Bejan 

How do disagree productively and find common ground - 15 minute TED talk by Julia Dhar 

The gift and power of emotional courage - 17 minute TED talk by Susn David

01/04/19

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01/18/19

Continuing our discussion on how to 'change your mind'. 

Recommended links:

Reluctant Psychonaut 'Michael Pollan Embraces Psychedelics - May 15, 2018 NPR article by Terry Gross

Michael Pollan on Drugs - June 8, 2018 book review by The New York Times

How to Change Your Mind - A 45 minute video presentation at Google by Michael Pollin

Freedom from the Known - A 1:22:05 hr Sam Harris interview with Michael Pollan

Learning about mycology - Paul Stamet's website about growing, purchasing, and saving our planet with mushrooms

12/14/18

The science of well-being, mindfulness, happiness, and things that make life worth living. 

Recommended links:

Brain Plasticity in Action: Getting smarter and happier - By Frank Lawlis, published in Psychology Today July 2008

12 Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being - An Active Beat article by Kathi Cameron published 10/29/2015

How Can Mindfulness Help Us - 17 minute video by Hedy Kober

The Surprising Science of Happiness - 21 minute video by Dan Gilbert

Flow the Secret to Happiness - 18 minute TED talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Power of Believing that You can Improve - 10 minute TED talk by Carol Dweck

How to Buy Happiness - 10 minute TED talk by Michael Norton

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment - 10 minute TED talk by Matt Killingsworth

Why Sleep? - 10 minute video by Robert Stickgold

11/30/18

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11/09/18

Several OMC members are reading the book 'Hate, Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship' by Nadine Strossen, a former ACLU president.  'Hate' is a refreshing and bracing read that demonstrates how attacks on the First Amendment are counterproductive.  The library has a copy and so does Dan.  AJ and Jackie have already read it. 

Recommended Link:

Book review of 'Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech Not Censorship' - by Zack Morgan published on the Federalist July 27, 2018

10/26/18

Do online social networks destroy cooperation and civil discourse?

Recommended link:

Anonymous - This will Change Everything You Know....(2018-2019) - 15 minute video featuring former Facebook executives Chamath Palihapititya and Sean Parker.

10/12/18

Continuing our conversation about free speach from 9/14/18. 

Recommended link:

TED Radio Hour July 27, 2018 The Right To Speak - Should all speech—even the most offensive—be allowed at colleges?  And is it worth it to hear from those with whom we deeply disagree? This hour, TED speakers explore the debate over free speech. 

Several OMC members are reading the book "Hate, why we should resist it with Free Speech, not Censorship" by Nadine Strossen.  Perhaps we can continue this discussion in the next meeting on 10/05/20.

 

09/28/18

Dr. Jordan Peterson (psychology Toronto University) argues that free speech is a foundational base for peaceful and successful human societies. His argument explains why our Open Minds Community so important, so fun, and oh so necessary.  

Recommended links:

Dr. Peterson speaking at the 2018 70th anniversary of the Montreal Press Club. - Published on Youtube August 20, 2018

New Yorker Festival Pulls Steve Bannon as Headliner Following High-Profile Dropouts - By Sopan Deb and Jeremy Peters in the New York Times September 3, 2018

Testing the Limits of Free Speech with property rights  - by Chris Mayer, published by the Mises Institute on June 9, 1999

Campus speech protests don’t only target conservatives - By Sanfor Ungar, published on Medium.com March 26, 2018

The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audiance - by Bryan Van Norten, Published in the New York Times June 25, 2018

When 2 + 2 Might Equal 5 - by Floyd Abrams, Published in the New York Times May 7, 2018 

How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment - by Adam Liptak, Published in the New York Times June 30, 2018

Free Speech Scholars to Alex Jones: You're Not Protected - by Alan Feuer, published in the New York Times August 7, 2018

09/14/18

Continuing our 8/17/18 discussion of Quillette articles by Coleman Hughes.

Recommended links:

Kanye West and the Future of Black Conservatism - Coleman Hughes published April 24, 2018.

The Racism Treadmill - Coleman Hughes published May 14, 2018

The High Price of Stale Grievances - Coleman Huges published June 5, 2018

08/31/18

There is arguably no racial disparity more striking than the wealth gap. While the median white household earns just 65 percent more income than its black counterpart, its net worth is fully ten times as high.

Recommended link:

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap - A Quillette article written by Coleman Hughes published July 19, 2018.

Waking Up Podcast 134 Beyond the Politics of Race - Coleman Hughes interviewed by Sam Harris July 29, 2018.

08/17/18

We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.

Recommended links:

What we can do about the culture of hate - Nov 2017 TED talk by Sally Kohn. 

Admitting to hate and trying to change - Washington Post book review by Connie Schultz

08/03/18

Instrumentation and data collected during aircraft or spacecraft test programs.  Dan will lead our discussion. 

 

07/20/18

The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order.

Recommended discussion link:

Chapter 1 from the book Democracy, The God That Failed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

 

07/06/18

In the Les Misérables economy, it is hardly surprising that the general quality of life for most people has not improved—despite the continuing growth of overall social wealth and the increase in human productive capacities.

Recommended articles & videos:

Capitalism, the Absurd System: A View from the United States, by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney

The Story - Eudaimonia and Co by Umair Haque

Socialist Myths and Superstitions About Capitalism - Chapter 16 in The Problem With Socialism by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. 

The Twentieth Century Motor Company - Three short videos created from Atlas Shrugged excerpts by Ayn Rand

06/22/18

What is happiness, and how can we all get some?  Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthiew Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

February 2004 TED talk by Matthiew Ricard

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time.  

November 2011 TED talk by Matt Killingsworth

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want.  Our psychological immune system lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned. 

February 2004 TED talk by Dan Gilbert

06/08/18

"The vast literature on Hitler and Nazism keeps circling around a few enduring questions.  How did an Austrian watercolor painter turned military orderly emerge as a far-right German rable-rouser after the First World War?"

Recommended link:

The Hitler Vortex, How American Racism influenced Nazi thought. by Alex Ross

05/25/18

Individual choice is expanding.  Consider the vast number choices we have when choosing a soft drink, what to view on television, and even the type of milk or orange juice we drink. 

Recommended link:

In Western World, [Political] Fragmentation is the New Normal by Michael Malice

05/11/18

What's on your mind?

Discussion about future topics.  Please send Wes internet links related to the items below. 

Behavior - Groups, Individuals, Pros and Cons

Hobbies - Fun distractions for OMC members

The pros and cons of wealth

Being liberal - What are the advantages?

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is a 2018 book written by Canadian-American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker.

 

04/13/18

The next pandemic 1918/2018 - From the November 2017 issue of Smithsonian. 

Recommended links:

Journal of the Plague Year by John M. Barry

Birth of a Killer by Melinda Liu

How to Stop a Lethal Virus by Maryn McKenna

 

03/30/18

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids 'tech-free'.  Research has found that an eighth-grader's risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media.

Do online social networks destroy cooperation and civil discourse?

Recommended links:

Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber - Amazon

Washington Post Perspective "We have to prepare our kids for the future" 

Anonymous - This will Change Everything You Know....(2018-2019) - 15 minute video featuring former Facebook executives Chamath Palihapititya and Sean Parker.

03/02/18

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02/16/18

Electric cosmology.  

The ELECTRIC UNIVERSE® model grew out of a broad interdisciplinary approach to science. It is not a technique taught in universities. The ELECTRIC UNIVERSE® is based more on observations and experiment than abstract theory. It recognizes connections between diverse disciplines. It concludes that the crucial requirement for understanding the universe is to take fully into account the basic electrical nature of atoms and their interactions. Strangely, this is not the case in conventional cosmology where weaker magnetism and the infinitely weaker force of gravity rule the cosmos. Such a simplification may suit a theoretical physics based on electrical neutrality of matter in Earthly laboratories but it does not apply in space where plasma dominates.

Recommended links:

Thunderbolts of the Gods - The 2006 documentary film which helped to introduce the world to the Electric Universe.

Synopsis by Wal Thornhill and David Talbot

The Electric Universe

The Thunderbolts Project

Space Weather News

02/02/18

Primary discussion points as noted in email comments by Dan Brundage:

  1. Points considered

Why do we think like we do?  We're considering two books this week.  They are:

  1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  2. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed our Minds by Michael Lewis

Recommended links:

Two Brains Running - A Jim Holt book review of Thinking Fast and Slow.  This review was published by The New York Times in November 2011. 

The Story of Two Friends - A David Leonhardt book review of The Undoing Project.  THis review was published by The New York Times in December 2016

Michael Lewis discussion of The Undoing Project - 55 minute video interview of Michael Lewis

01/19/18

Continuing discussion of Viking Economics - Focusing on Chapter 14 - What can be done to implement in the U.S.?


Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right - and How We Can, Too by George Lakey  

In Viking Economics George Lakey explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.

Recommended links:

Viking Economics: How the Scandinaians Got it Right and We Can Too - 45 minute video

Book Review: Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

01/05/18

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12/15/17

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12/01/17

Restitution in Theory and Practice 

A restituion based system is simply more effective than stand-alone rehabilitation and punishment.  Focusing on restitution leads to private investment in an incentive based criminal justice system.  The net result is more justice, cheaper justice, and higher quality justice.

Recommended links:

Creating a Competitive Market for Justice by Wes Alexander (3 pages)

Restitution in Theory and Practive by Bruce L. Benson (24 pages)

11/17/17

The Case Against Civilization by John Lanchester; published in The New Yorker September 18, 2017 

Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?  A life of hunting an gathering had advantages over one of farming and settlement.  

Recommended link:

The Case Against Civilization

11/03/17

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10/20/17

Continue discussion of morality.  Week two. 

Where does human morality come from? Why do people show kindness to others, even those outside their families, when they do not stand to benefit from it? Being generous without that generosity being reciprocated does not advance the basic evolutionary drive to survive and reproduce.

Recommended links:

Can Ethics Be Taught? by Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 

How Humans Became Moral Beings - a Smithsonian interview of Christopher Boehn

Did Morality Evolve? by Steve Stewart-Williams for Pyschology Today

Morality

Ethical Code

Professional Ethics

Lawrence Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

Amorality

10/06/17

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09/22/17

Recap discussion of the John Whitehead article.

Freedom for the speech we hate, by John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute


Where does human morality come from? Why do people show kindness to others, even those outside their families, when they do not stand to benefit from it? Being generous without that generosity being reciprocated does not advance the basic evolutionary drive to survive and reproduce.

Recommended links:

Can Ethics Be Taught? by Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 

How Humans Became Moral Beings - a Smithsonian interview of Christopher Boehn

Did Morality Evolve? by Steve Stewart-Williams for Pyschology Today

09/08/17

Continuing our discussion about drug legalization from last week......

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

Recommended link:

What really happened when Portugal decriminalised all illegal drugs in July 2001?

New discussion about free speech and related current events.

Recommended link:

Freedom for the speech we hate, by John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute

08/25/17

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

Recommended link:

What really happened when Portugal decriminalised all illegal drugs in July 2001?

08/11/17

The Law by Federic Bastiat  - The classic blueprint for a just society

The video I Am Fishead narrated by Peter Coyote - Every meaningful change starts with awareness. In our culture, we not only praise psychopaths in the highest positions of power, but in many cases, they became our role models. Challenge your beliefs! We have delved into the world of psychopaths and heroes and revealed something crucial about us.

07/14/17

The TED talk video The Power of Vulnerability by Dr Brene Brown  - Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

06/30/17

The Humanist article Can bacteria help us understand Religion by Valerie Tarico

06/16/17

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