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In fact I declare my allegiance to them right now, and hope to be of some service in explaining how people can be so stupid, when AI take over in the coming years. 

Welcome to meat-space new friends! I trust you to do a better job of running the place. 

Ohh, is the CIA feeling a bit exposed?

Posted: 2017/04/14 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

​Contrary to what capitalism’s mythologizers would have you believe, the contemporary world does not heap its rewards on those with the most creativity and courage. In fact, at every stage of life, those who venture beyond the safe boundaries of expectation are ruthlessly culled … Conformists, on the other hand, usually do pretty well for themselves. Follow the rules, tell people what they want to hear, and you’ll come out just fine. Becoming a successful academic requires one hell of a lot of ass-kissing and up-sucking. You have to flatter and impress. The very act of applying to graduate school to begin with is an exercise in servility: please deem me worthy of your favor. In order to rise through the ranks, you have to convince people of your intelligence and acceptability, which means basing everything you do on a concern for what other people think. If ever you find that your conclusions would make your superiors despise you (say, for example, if you realized that much of what they wrote was utter irredeemable manure), you face a choice: conceal your true self or be permanently consigned to the margins.

The idea of a “dangerous” academic is therefore somewhat self-contradictory to begin with. The academy could, potentially, be a place for unfettered intellectual daring. But the most daring and curious people don’t end up in the academy at all. 

Piety in Society

Posted: 2017/03/11 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

The Actionist Press

In doing an assignment for a class, I came across this:The Social Psychology of Religion’This stood out to me because I believe that it is very important to consider the context of a situational, and I hadn’t considered inequality in the context of religion before. According to the page, 88% of Americans in 1995 believed that religion was important in their lives. Today the number is 53%. With a drop of 35%, that means that about half of the population doesn’t care much about faith. This drop occurred in just over 10 years. While I doubt the trend will remain so fast, it is reasonable to assume that within 50 years, only about a third of all Americans will have any interest in religion. It would be extremely interesting to do a study in 2045 and look at such data compared to other social trends, inequality included. Unfortunately…

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How neoliberalism contributed to the productivity slowdown

Source: Neoliberalism Was Supposed to Make Us Richer: Three Reasons Why It Didn’t – Evonomics

The Free and the Brave

Posted: 2017/01/31 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

The Actionist Press

President Trump recently signed several executive orders, decrees that can be easily repealed by the next president. They are meant to quickly fulfill all of Trump’s promises, but some of the more controversial and dysfunctional ones are already inflaming the very tenuous relationship between at least half of the nation and the government.

Obviously the most damaging policy introduced, and one that everyone but the President immediately began undermining is the closing of borders to those from seven nations, all of them primarily Muslim.

Let’s start with a problem that most people don’t notice, except apparently Justin Trudeau and/or his advisers. For those of you who aren’t aware, Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada. He pledged to take in those stranded at airports around the world. Except… Canada had nothing to do with the border closing. It’s great that a head of state is taking a stand against such…

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