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New from Project (De)X: 3 arguments for thinking differently about #NorthKorea.

"Kim Jong Un has played his hand as precisely as a nuclear David should against a much more nuclear Goliath. In this sense “Rocket Man” might be more of an endgame than an insult."
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A modern mind map that looks medieval, from futurist Richard Watson. https://buff.ly/2meHhVV
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"Wisconsin, one of the first states to introduce income taxes and elect Socialist politicians, has undergone a wholesale reinvention – shifting from a model of government largesse to one of individual responsibility and accountability."
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The best reason to start a tech mag called "Logic" I've ever seen:

"Trump is a creature of technology. A technologized world created the conditions for Trumpism. Social dislocations caused by automation helped create his base, and social media incubated and propagated his fascist rhetoric.

Technology will continue to serve our Troll-in-Chief, as his Administration and his allies in Congress hunt undesirables with databases and drones. Some of their barbarisms will be dramatic and highly visible. Others will be piecemeal, discreet, and hard to grasp immediately. We need intelligent writing to make both forms of brutality legible. We also need to build the tools that can help us disrupt and dismantle Trump’s agenda."
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"The most popular notion to emerge from the “Prison Notebooks” was Gramsci’s formulation of the idea of “hegemony”: that political success depends on a consensus of opinion in the cultural, social and economic worlds as well as good governance or successful parliamentary machinations. To give an impression of consensus across these different spheres, as Hall argued Margaret Thatcher had achieved, was key to being able to make lasting changes to society. Hall described Thatcherism as a project to “reshape common sense”, and argued in the late 1970s that left-wingers had to develop a similarly panoptic programme if they were ever to win power."
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"In a video with the theme “national security is a fortress forged by the crowd,” a boy shares a story with his classmates about how he learned about national security. One day, the boy’s father, an engineer working in a Chinese military factory, is preparing to email photos of nuclear warheads and aircraft carriers to a foreign magazine that contacted him after he engaged in discussions in online military forums. The boy’s grandfather, whose reliability is established by showing him reading state-run tabloid Global Times, suddenly barges in and starts asking a lot of questions."
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"The old conventional wisdom was that oil itself would peak — because the industry would run out of resources. Today, amid America's oil boom, persistently low prices and increased worries about climate change, that wisdom has reversed and become about peak oil demand. Projections, including by some oil companies, that find the world's demand for oil could peak within the next couple of decades, are often assuming advances in technologies and policy changes that are far from guaranteed."
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"It’s now commonplace to point out the correlation between poverty and nearly every other social problem you care to mention. Not just economic hardship, but poverty of the sort that fertilises cultures of abuse."
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"With the ground war against Islamic State coming to end, the long simmering rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran threatens to boil over."
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