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How to Grow Your Own Army

Politics and Media in the internet age

TUNE IN: How to Fix Politics

If we’re going to salvage our politics, we probably have to shrink politics, and nurture the thick local membership web that politics rests within. We probably have to scale back the culture of autonomy that was appropriate for the 1960s but that has since gone too far.

By David Brooks - New York Times

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FYI: The Panama Papers Prove It, America Can Afford a Universal Basic Income

We should all be able to agree: no one should be poor in a nation as wealthy as the US. Yet nearly 15% of Americans live below the poverty line. Perhaps one of the best solutions is also one of the oldest and simplest ideas: everyone should be guaranteed a small income, free from conditions.

By Colin Holtz - The Guardian

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ENJOY: Mad As Hell

MAD AS HELL

MAD AS HELL documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ main host and founder, as he traverses from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube. 

By Andrew Napier


WATCH: The Telemarketers of Congress

JOHN OLIVER

“While both sides agree they hate this, neither wants to back down first. It’s basically a cold war...but worse, because at least in the real cold war we got a trip to the moon and the third best Rocky villain out of it.”

By John Oliver - Last Week Tonight


REFLECT: A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down

Our prosperity does not all come home in our paycheck. Living in a community of people who are paid enough to contribute to your community, rather than require its help, may be more important than your salary. Prosperity and poverty are like viruses. They infect us all — for good or ill.

By Nick Hanauer - Yes Magazine

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ASK: Were Neanderthals Devoured by Humans?

Some researchers believe Neanderthals may have failed to compete effectively with Homo sapiens for resources, or were more susceptible to the impact of climate change. But others believe our interactions were violent and terminal for the Neanderthals.

By Robin McKie - The Guardian

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CONVENE: Polls Show Americans Favor an Overhaul of Campaign Financing

Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

By Nicholas Confessore and Megan Thee-Brenan - New York Times

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BEHOLD: Mecca super-hotel to offer spa, butler and a chocolate room

Mecca's makeover is alarming international activists, such as Ali al-Ahmed, the director of the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, a thinktank analysing events and issues in the region. Ahmed, an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime, said many factors were driving the changes.

By Riazat Butt - The Guardian

MECCA

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FEEL: How America's Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic

You'd think people in developing or unstable states -- those preoccupied with concerns farther down on the Maslow Scale -- would be more anxious than we are. Not so. "According to the 2002 World Mental Health Survey, people in developing-world countries such as Nigeria are up to five times less likely to show clinically significant anxiety levels than Americans, despite having more basic life-necessities to worry about."

By Maura Kelly - The Atlantic

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LABOR: Cowboys on the Rhine

Last week workers walked out in protest at Amazon's two largest distribution centers in Germany. The online retail giant is one of several US companies to butt heads with employees in the country over corporate practices that chafe against German labor laws.

By Janko Tietz - Der Spiegel

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OPINION: How the GOP created Trump

From the point of view of their 99%, the median Republican voter, the last 35 years have been a disaster, and their party has caused it. Because if you are a working- or middle-class white Republican-leaning man, your party has completely and totally screwed you.

By Nick Hanauer - TED Ideas

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LISTEN: Senator Warren Pleads for Money out of Politics

MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

When 32 people can outspend 3.7 million citizens it’s pretty obvious that democracy is in real danger.

By Elizabeth Warren - US Senate