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Lmao. He's Gone. What you gonna do now?

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Michael Lind’s article in Evonomics shows the kind of rooseveltean thinking that the oligarchs deeply fear might take hold. “An Anti-Rentier movement would oppose unproductive, ill-begotten wealth, not the rich in general. Wealthy individuals who get richer by investing in start-up companies or funding long-lived, creative blue-chip firms provide a valuable benefit to society, even as they risk losing their own money. Such risk-taking investors are the opposites of financial sector rentiers who seek to bribe policymakers into letting them privatize their gains while socializing their losses.”

http://evonomics.com/real-takers-america-unproductive-rent-extracting-rich/

Radical? A bit, sure. But what’s the alternative? Do the rentier-oligarchs actually believe they can crush us back into inherited-nobility and feudalism? If the coming re-set is not a moderate-pragmatic rooseveltean one - as instituted by the Greatest Generation - then it will be something much more radical. Already, search results for Karl Marx” have skyrocketed, in recent years.

My biggest complaint about Lin is that he doesn't mention Adam Smith. We moderates and - yes, liberals - need to make clear our intent to reclaim the founder of western liberalism. The right has betrayed him.
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Eisenhower wouldn't get far in today's GOP. - Valkyrie - Google+
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This article reprises and discusses my impudent assertion that Star Wars has become relentless propaganda against civilization, in favor of feudalism and demigod-worship. Even the "rebels" buy in to the assumption. In this reflex, SW isn't alone. Almost all fantasy stories before 1800 preached demigod worship, as did the Nazis, the Confederates and (scratching the surface) recent trends in US politics.

Certainly you cannot name a single story by Orson Scott Card in the last 25 years that does not preach handing all power over to some mutant chosen-one, as do 90% of Fantasy tales and (alas) a large fraction of so-called "science fiction." The contrasting mythos of Star Trek has been a rebel against this ancient and deeply sick meme. But lately, Star Wars is winning.

http://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/star-wars-and-its-argument-for-dictatorship-and-the-rule-of-the-superman

See how the Chinese agree with my interpretation.

http://qz.com/590693/dictatorship-beats-democracy-what-chinas-moviegoers-are-learning-from-star-wars/
Star Wars is one of the most successful film franchises in history. With millions of fans, and several spin off films coming into the production, the series seems destined to continue for years to come. An excellent example of the Hero’s Journey, the films are great fun, and are a decent way ...
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Released today: Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World: An anthology of stories and essays about a future filled with light, edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts, in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, with stories and essays by Ramez Naam, Bruce Sterling, Brenda Cooper, Robert Sawyer, Nancy Fulda, Scott Sigler, James Morrow, Neal Stephenson, Robert Silverberg, Aliette de Bodard…and more.
http://www.davidbrin.com/chasing.html

Join me and Stephen Potts for a booksigning at Mysterious Galaxy Friday January 27 at 7:30
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/david-brin-and-stephen-w-potts-sign-san-diego

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Ya think? I'm not sure I could handle it sober
 
Finally, a real perspective on Las Vegas CES.
Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was a bad place to take LSD for the first time.
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Participants suggested that bathroom signage indicate what can be found in the bathroom, e.g. toilets with urinals, toilets without urinals, larger toilet with grab bars.
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Harrison Ford Reprises His Role as Rick Deckard in the Announcement Trailer for Blade Runner 2049
Warner Bros. has released an exciting announcement trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sci-fi film directed by Denis Villeneuve, co-produced by Ridley Scott, and sequel to the original Blad…
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