The US democratic circus

There is very little politics can do to remediate the state of democracy within the constraints of a neoliberal economic framework where the system itself is a zero sum game. To make one person better off, another person has to be made worse off replicating and even increasing income inequality. These underlying forces push individuals to make a choice between self preservation and the betterment of society. Thus our frustration can be easily displaced towards a discourse of hatrate and distrust of our fellow Americans, the same ones that help make this country great every day. How can any political party, even with good intentions fight against a system built on pure structural violence? … More The US democratic circus

David Sloan Wilson on economics and new developments in evolutionary theory

David Sloan Wilson has an interesting blogpost about modern evolutionary theory and economics in which he compares the ideas in a highly intelligent 1996 speech about this by Paul Krugman with subsequent developments in evolutionary theory. It reminds me a little of the early twentieth century ideas of Kropotkin (see this post on this blog): “Kropotkin … noticed that groupings of species thrived through cooperation. Researching human settlements in Siberia, Kropotkin likewise noted cooperation and mutual aid as the foundation for dealing with the larger struggle for survival against natural challenges.” … More David Sloan Wilson on economics and new developments in evolutionary theory

More Education = Less Terrorism? Studying the Complex Relationship Between Terrorism and Education

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks, education is often advocated as an antidote to terrorism, the idea primarily being that education may make individuals less vulnerable to the false promises of extremist ideologies. For instance, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, Eli Wiesel … More More Education = Less Terrorism? Studying the Complex Relationship Between Terrorism and Education