Anti-Social Media Indeed

If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook…

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Rachael Savage
People Want the World to be Safe--Ajahn Sumedho

People want the world to be safe. Why do people want to get rid of foreigners? Or feel threatened by the possibility of aliens and strange things or things that they can’t predict? The more insular you are, the more your world is like that, so even people from the next county, ‘Well, you can’t trust them; they’re not like us.’ You are limited to a very small group of people…

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Spirit Rock's Noah Levine Decision Not Based In Fundamental American Values Of Fairness

Americans support due process, and based on overwhelming poll numbers that includes American Buddhists. Disregarding the value American buddhists place on due process protections damages the credibility of the Spirit Rock decision, the organization and its ability to be a leader in the insight meditation movement…

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MLK's “militant,” “coercive” and “realistic” version of nonviolence overcame the weaknesses of passive resistance.

Understanding the radicalism of Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance… King pursued a distinctly leftist program, including alliances with a then-powerful labor movement and a militant dedication to equality in housing and the criminal justice system — two areas where racial inequalities have in many ways become more pronounced than they were in King’s day.

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Is Margaret Atwood a Buddha?

The Author responds to being labeled a “Bad Feminist” for calling out the firing of a male colleague without evidence of wrongdoing. “My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They're not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn't need a legal system.”

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