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How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy

Authoritarians are on the rise, and electorates are seduced by extremes. To fight back, mainstream politicians need to grasp the causes of popular discontent and rebuild democracy’s moral foundations<p>There are long decades in which history seems to slow to a crawl. Elections are won and lost, laws …

Political Science

The Stock Market Tanked Because Capitalism Is Totally Broken

Wages were trending up, so naturally investors panicked.<p>The first year of Donald Trump's presidency was a historically great one for the stock market. This made a certain kind of intuitive sense given the people the real estate scion surrounded himself with—Wall Street profiteers, politicians …

Stock Markets

‘Africa’s Great Civilizations’ Is An Addictive Must-Watch Docu-Series

I’m a sucker for a good, engaging, pretty history doc. It’s just who I am. But last month, I became absolutely spellbound by a six-part docu-series …

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Concepts of Freedom & “Existential Choice” Explained in an Animated Video Narrated by Stephen Fry

The non-existence, or non-importance, of the self has for millennia been an uncontroversial proposition in Eastern thought. But Western thinkers have …

Tillerson Was Sorta Right About the Monroe Doctrine

The policy may be almost 200 years old, but it remains as relevant as it is impolitic.<p>Last week, Rex Tillerson once again made headlines in a way secretaries of state try to avoid. During remarks kicking off a trip to Latin America, Tillerson argued that the Monroe Doctrine -- the 19th-century …

Geopolitics

Under Pressure from Fox News, Obama to Stop Making Stocks Plummet

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—One day after the Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity blamed him for the historic plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, former President Barack Obama agreed to stop making stocks tumble.<p>“Sean Hannity has accused me of making the stock market go down,” Obama told …

Machines are driving Wall Street's wild ride, not humans

Wall Street's recent wild ride isn't driven by nervous portfolio managers, retirees looking at their 401(k) statements or any other human traders.<p>Instead, machines are making the trading decisions.<p>Computer programs execute buy and sell orders based on complex algorithms and formulas, without a …

Stock Markets

The Daily Fix: India faces a serious job crisis. Pakodanomics is not the way to deal with it

Everything you need to know for the day (and a little more).<p><b>The Big Story: Frittered opportunities</b><p>Can pakodas, Hindi for deep-fried fritters, help …

The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper

The sponsor of the bill says that Republicans have blocked debate on the weapons bill for at least two years<p>The charges first came Monday following …

Scary Amounts of Mercury Have Been Found Lurking in The Permafrost

If it melts, we could be in trouble.<p>The northern hemisphere's permafrost regions have been concealing a really unpleasant surprise: mercury. A lot of …

Enemy of the state? Agnes Chow, the 21-year-old activist who has China worried

Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigner who was banned from office says an entire generation of young people is being targeted<p>If China has its way, Agnes Chow’s political career will be over before it begins.<p>The self-described “average schoolgirl” who transformed into a thorn in the side of the Chinese …

Hong Kong

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

The urge to belong is universal. So would a better understanding of it help tackle loneliness – and explain why stalkers, spree killers and jihadists turn their pain on others?<p>There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a …

Psychology

Think The Economy Is Okay? Wait Until You See These 3 Charts

There is a scary correlation in the rising short term rates and soaring interest payments due on the US National Debt.<p>Interest payments on the …

It's Looking A Lot Like 2008 Now...

Economic and market conditions are eerily like they were in late 2007/early 2008.<p>Remember back then? Everything was going great. Home prices were …

The Best Modern Philosophy Books

<b>We’ve now explored both the most important philosophy books as well as the best philosophy books for beginners, however – naturally these lists are</b> …

University of Cambridge

Darwinism is loaded with cultural and aesthetic baggage rarely found in science. Has evolutionary theory become a religion?

Darwinism is loaded with cultural and aesthetic baggage rarely found in science. Has evolutionary theory become a religion?Continue reading . . . …

Philosophy

1204: The Sack of Constantinople

In 1204 CE the unthinkable happened and Constantinople, after nine centuries of withstanding all comers, was brutally sacked. Even more startling was …

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds

Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal hundreds of tonnes of colistin – the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ – are being shipped to India’s farms<p>Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could …

Agriculture

We could cross a global warming red line by 2022

Within the next five years, global average surface temperatures may temporarily breach a key guardrail set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, …

Got a good feeling about someone? You probably just like the way they look.

Humans have a surprisingly primitive way of sizing up strangers<p>Ivan Pavlov had many research pursuits, but it’s his work with dogs that made him a household name. The Russian psychologist carried out unusual experiments on the behavior and gastric function of lovable mutts with names like Muyrka …

The people who think 9/11 may have been an 'inside job'

<b>On 11 September 2001, four passenger planes were hijacked by radical Islamist terrorists - almost 3,000 people were killed as the aircraft were flown into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Just hours after the collapse of New York's Twin Towers, a conspiracy theory</b> …

Osama Bin Laden

India Wants the World to Buy Its Weapons. They’re Not Very Good

On Jan. 26, India celebrated Republic Day by parading troops and locally made weapons in front of New Delhi’s colonial-era sandstone buildings and …

India

The Dark Side of America’s Rise to Oil Superpower

The last time U.S. drillers pumped 10 million barrels of crude a day, Richard Nixon was in the White House. The first oil crisis hadn’t yet scared …

Oil

Cheap data is fuelling a porn boom in India

Rock-bottom data prices are drawing more and more Indians towards viewing pornography on smartphones.<p>Data from Pornhub reveal that India, home to the website’s fourth-largest audience by country, logged the biggest increase in its mobile traffic share in recent years, jumping up over 121% from 2013 …

India

The Secret Of Subconscious Mind That Most People Do Not Know Revealed By 26 Experts

Here The Secret Of Subconscious Mind That Most People Do Not Know Revealed By 26 Experts:<p>Steve Genco<p>We activate goals unconsciously, then pursue …

Poisoned Toothpaste and Exploding Phones: Israel’s Proxy for War

Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cell phones. Spare tires with remote-control bombs. …

Israel

Hegel on Philosophy in History

← Obscurity is a common fate for writers. What’s curious about William Melvin Kelley is that, after the early acclaim passed, he kept at it, every …

French parliament gives citizens the 'right to make mistakes'

Law allows for an error when dealing with government but it must be made in good faith<p>The French government has officially acknowledged that to err is human for citizens when dealing with officials and bureaucracy.<p>Legislation passed with a show of hands in the Assemblée Nationale in Paris allows …

French Government

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, …