Rana Foroohar’s new book, ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ paints an alarming portrait of Silicon Valley tech companies that need to be reined in before they start to affect our lives in even more insidious ways.

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In 1998, in an academic paper titled “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine,” Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin described how their project, which they had named Google, worked. Until Page and Brin published, their work had been shrouded in secrecy, much to the consternation of the Stanford faculty. …


For too long Americans have embraced a consumer identity and mindset. Its time to reclaim citizenship.

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Earlier this year, The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business issued a report on digital platforms and an accompanying policy brief outlining the challenges digital platforms pose to a free society and offering solutions on how to address those challenges. …


RBG’s seat might not be reason enough to vote for Trump again. But stopping a Democratic president from packing the courts might be.

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The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia on February 13th, 2016 and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel’s subsequent refusal to consider President Obama’s replacement for Scalia — Merrick Garland — gave unprecedented weight to the issue of Supreme Court nominees as voters navigated an already contentious political landscape. …


Jefferson Bethke’s new book puts a proper emphasis on the importance of Sabbath.

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In his new book To Hell With Hustle, YouTube sensation and writer Jefferson Bethke, identifies an “ethos of hustle injected into us all at birth” and the noise, fame, work, and tribalism that have overtaken the lives of many, as the main problems facing our culture today. As a remedy, Bethke identifies each problem’s opposite: for noise, silence; for fame, obscurity; for work, rest; and for tribalism, empathy.

The book explores each of these antidotes as Bethke takes readers around the country to New Mallery Abbey in…


Cities have the progressive pedigree, precedent, and power to ban targeted advertising.

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In his 2016 book, The Attention Merchants, law professor and tech scholar Tim Wu tells the story of Paris in the 1860’s and the brightly colored posters — first introduced by Jules Cheret — that came to dominate the cityscape. Initially, because of the novelty, color, and movement-like quality of the posters, they were embraced by citizens and even admired. They were also profitable, and before long the city was overrun, from chimney to sidewalk, by posters. At that point, writes Wu,

“…critics said that the advertising poster…


A review of Suketu Mehta’s latest book.

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Suketu Mehta is angry. He is angry about the depiction of immigrants in America today. Mehta, an author who immigrated to the U.S. when he was fourteen, admits as much in his new book, This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto. Indeed, Mehta writes passionately as he lays out a comprehensive case for policies that unabashedly embrace immigration, not only in the U.S., but the world over.

He beings with a story from his family’s history.

“One day in the 1980’s, my maternal grandfather was sitting in a park in suburban London…


All three have taken a hit over the last two decades.

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It could be said that there are at least three pillars of western civilization, those being capitalism, democracy, and Christianity. While everyone in the west might not agree with or even be fond of any or all of these pillars, there is no denying the distinct influence all three have had on life in America and Europe. This is confirmed with a quick scan of the rest of the world where different blends of economic, political, and religious systems prevail. China, the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere are home…


Jesus’ first miracle was always hard for me to accept.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve had a complicated relationship with wine. At the age of thirteen, when it was my turn to serve as acolyte and help distribute communion, my parents gave me a firm warning: make sure you ask for the grape juice. Since I was to be taking communion first, without them by my side, they felt it necessary to remind me that I needed to take initiative and request the non-alcoholic option, something we did as a family religiously.

As a thirteen year old…


If social media or smartphones are the new smoking, what’s the new secondhand smoking?

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In 1986, two decades after the surgeon general report that was a pivotal turning point in the decline of the cultural acceptance of smoking, another surgeon general report was released detailing the significant harm caused by secondhand smoke. In the years since the revelation that secondhand smoke kills, the extent of that danger has been articulated and quantified. Over 41,000 adults are subject to premature death and a stunning 400 infants lose their lives every year because of the myriad carcinogens released by cigarettes. …


Facebook isn’t just a company that needs to be broken up, its a religion in need of reform.

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On an early summer day in June 2017, Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at what was billed as the Facebook Community Summit in Chicago. The intention of the summit was to encourage the use of groups on Facebook as well as to unveil the social media platform’s new mission statement: “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” This new mission was a pivot from its previous goal of making the world more open and connected. …

John Thomas

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