March 2021

Sunday, 21 March 2021

A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance

Zack Beauchamp: “All of these with the idea that you would then collect a broad political coalition behind what is, indeed, Mitt Romney’s health care policy and John McCain’s climate policy and George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy. And did George H.W. Bush, did Mitt Romney, did John McCain say a single good word about anything Barack Obama ever did over the course of eight solid years?”


Monday, 15 March 2021

The End of Silicon Valley as We Know It?

Tim O'Reilly: “That fractured landscape is not what was predicted—internet pioneers expected freedom and the wisdom of crowds, not that we would all be under the thumb of giant corporations profiting from a market in disinformation. What we invented was not what we hoped for. The internet became the stuff of our nightmares rather than of our dreams. We can still recover, but at least so far, Silicon Valley appears to be part of the problem more than it is part of the solution.”


Sunday, 14 March 2021

We Hate You Now

Quinn Norton: “Unlike any other pandemic in history, our level of scientific knowledge and ability to communicate globally gave us the power to stop this virus. This is humanity’s first self-inflicted pandemic.”


Monday, 1 March 2021

National Security Risks of Late-Stage Capitalism

Bruce Schneier: “There is no good reason to underspend on security other than to save money […]”