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In Defense Of Fusion Voting

March 24, 2019

It’s the antidote to the winner-take-all electoral system, solves the “wasted vote” or “spoiler” dilemmas that otherwise plague third parties and allows citizens who identify as independent to participate constructively in politics.

Via: The Nation

Now Comes Washington’s Garbo, Robert Mueller

March 23, 2019

All day, cable chatterers ranted about this being a significant moment in American history, but no one was sure yet what the significance was. As William Goldman once said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.”

Via: New York Times

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Nancy Pelosi Vows To Reject Classified Briefing On Mueller Report

March 24, 2019

Pelosi held a call with her caucus Saturday afternoon, in which she vowed to oppose any classified briefings for members, according to a person on the call. She said any briefing from the Justice Department must be unclassified so that lawmakers are free to talk publicly about the findings.

Via: HuffPost

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Why Is Simpler Better?

March 23, 2019

There is no disputing matters of taste when it comes to the value of simplicity and complexity in works of art. But simplicity, in science, and evaluating detailed documents like the Mueller report promises to be, is not a matter of taste.

Via: Aeon

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

The King And The American Dream

February 15, 2019

“Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea To the open arms of the sea Lonely rivers sigh, ‘Wait for me, wait for me’ I’ll be coming home, wait for me.”

These words written by Hy Zaret and sung by countless performers since the publishing of ‘Unchained Melody’ in 1955 were originally attributed to a lovesick fellow who hasn’t seen his lover in a “long, lonely time.” But in the artistic hands of celebrated filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and powerfully voiced by Elvis Presley just months before his death, they provide a fitting metaphor for both the trajectory of Elvis’ life since the 1950s to his early end and that of the American Dream, as we know it today.


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The Republic – Plato

Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings.

Via: Goodreads

The Art Of Communicating – Thich Nhat Hanh

In this precise and practical guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world.

Via: Goodreads

Leadership: In Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Via: Goodreads

Big Screen

What we’re watching.

Birds of Passage

March 15, 2019

Documenting the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in northern Colombia, the latest film by creative life partners Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (producer and director respectively of the 2016 Academy Award-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT) is an unexpected take on the cartel genre. With incredible attention to the detail of Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu customs, traditions and celebrations, Gallego and Guerra weave an epic tragedy of pride, greed, and the clash between the old and new worlds.


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Lux Prima – Karen O and Danger Mouse

March 15, 2019

“After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things,” Karen O said in a statement. “One was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me.