“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” — FDR (21-Nov-1933)
Citizens United v Supreme Court ruling in favour of plutocracy.
More money, less transparency: A decade under Citizens United on opensecrets.org website.
Citizens United v Federal Election Commission argued: 24-Mar-2009 decided 21-Jan-2010. Opening the floodgates for corporate money in politics (including lobbying, campaign finance, etc) by 5-4 judgment equating corporate spend with First Amendment (free speech) for the first time.
"Under the First Amendment there is no such thing as a false idea. However pernicious an opinion may seem, we depend for its correction not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas."
Although the erroneous statement of fact is not worthy of constitutional protection, it is nevertheless inevitable in free debate. As James Madison pointed out in the Report on the Virginia Resolutions of 1798: "Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press." A rule of strict liability that compels a publisher or broadcaster to guarantee the accuracy of his factual assertions may lead to intolerable self-censorship. Allowing the media to avoid liability only by proving the truth of all injurious statements does not accord adequate protection to First Amendment liberties.
The First Amendment requires that we protect some falsehood in order to protect speech that matters. Per Supreme Court Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974).
Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA  passed by UK House of Lords (17-Oct-1985)
H.R.748 - CARES Act  legislated by the 116th House of Congress (2019-2020)
"Speech that is obscene and thus lacking First Amendment protection must be without serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. It also must appeal to the prurient interest in the view of an average person according to community standards, and it must describe sexual conduct or excretory functions in an offensive way."
To sustain a claim of defamation or libel, the First Amendment requires that the plaintiff show that the defendant knew that a statement was false or was reckless in deciding to publish the information without investigating whether it was accurate.
The First Amendment as it relates to libel laws, is that seditious libel – criticism of government and public officials – falls beyond the police power of the State [273-276]. In a democratic society such as ours, the citizen has the privilege of criticizing his government and its officials.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839 Excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" in the United States Democratic Review, Volume 6, Issue 23
The Constitution “demands that content-based restrictions on speech be presumed invalid . . . and that the Government bear the burden of showing their constitutionality.” Content-based restrictions on speech have been permitted only for a few historic categories of speech, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent.
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (John Perry Barlow) from duke.edu website.
Offshore landownership frustrates police investigation from Andy Wightman Blog (19-Nov-2015).
"Basis for a Carbon Budget?" by David Wasdell: A Critical Evaluation of the "Summary for Policymakers" on apollo-gaia.org website.
The Koch Brothers’ New Brand article in The New Yorker (10-Mar-2016) by Bill McKibbon.
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism article by Chris Hedges in TruthDig (9-Aug-2016)
The Militarized Budget 2020 on National Priorities Project, for US Discretionary Spending Budget 2020.
Federal Reserve and other central banks announce further measures to address elevated pressures in funding markets @ LINK on the Federal Reserve website.
Blue checkmarks are mourning bad careers in a broken industry @ Substack Article.
Changing Sources of Power - 1971 manifesto by lobbyist and Democratic strategist Frederick Dutton, one of the guiding forces on the McGovern Commission. The "balance of political power, from the economic to the psychological to a certain extent—from the stomach and pocketbook to the psyche, and perhaps sooner or later even to the soul."
The Problem of Artificial Suffering (24-Sept-2021) on greaterwrong.com website.
Afghanistan and the Defeat of the US Military article on the Green Left org website (18-Aug-2021)
How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow long read article about Big Tech/State surveillance, monopoly; myths and existential threats.
Greek Economist Yanis Varoufakis May 2016 essay on Imagining a New Bretton Woods at project-syndicate.org website.
Jacob Weisberg of the New Republic [Centre-Left Corporate Democrat Magazine] fretted about the "increasingly cozy relationships between press, law, academia and government" that he saw there. "There’s rarely been a time when the governing elites in so many fields were made up of such a tight, hermetic and incestuous clique. The Clinton circle [and its successor like the Obamas on Martha's Vineyard] has a pronounced class consciousness that tells them they’re not just lucky to be here. They’re running things because they’re the best."
NOTE: the New Republic is now a mouthpiece of Democratic Party professional plutocracy.
Deep adaptation: a map for navigating climate tragedy (2018) by Jem Bendell, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) Occasional Papers Volume 2. University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" The United States Democratic Review 1839 (vol 6, issue 23).
Ultimate Guide to Memory Palaces (24-Sept-2021) on metacognitive.me website.
Smashing Windows with Windows article on transparency design and Wikileaks. Openleaks, Metahaven and Jeff Khonsary.
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us(Paul Verhaeghe 29-Sept-2014 in The Guardian)
The Lewis Powell Memo: A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy - the text of the 1971 memo in which the future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell plotted a conservative political awakening.
RECLAIM DEMOCRACY website fighting Citizens United (unrestricted political spending, i.e. legal corruption) including the "Hidden History of Corporations in the United States".
CHELSEA MANNING MEETS KEN KLIPPENSTEIN. The activist and whistleblower discusses prison, press freedom, and Twitch streaming @ The Intercept Article.
Vindicated Prada-Meinhof: Seumas Milne Interview (21-Oct-2012) @ The Quietus Article - Joe Kennedy speaks to the divisive political journalist - [seemingly] hailed and derided in equal measure - about the pressures and lessons of history and the ever-looming future.
Winning, Winning, Winning! The Genius of The Donald Trumpspeak article by Steven Poole in The Guardian (4-Mar-2016)
Susan Strange and the Future of Global Political Economy "Power, control and transformation" @ UCSB Political Science PDF overview study.
The Challenge of National Healthcare - President Truman versus the AMA @ Historical Documents direct from trumanlibrary.gov website.
The Safe Network Primer - an introductory guide to the world's first fully autonomous data and communications network (last update: August 2020) at safenetwork.org.
The Wombification of America blog long-read on the High Low Blog Jordan Mark Sandviig (26-May-2020).
The Obsessive Pursuit of Assange as UK Prepares Its Own Espionage Act @ ARTICLE LINK on popularresistance.org website.
"What Theory? The Theory in Mad Money" by heterodox economist Susan Strange (Dec-1998) @ University of Warwick PDF paper.
Looking Back on New Labour: Will Self article in The Guardian (4-Apr-2010)
“So much of political thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” George Orwell
“If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.” Thomas Jefferson
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CGDEV.ORG with NYC/London crossover capital funds, neoliberal professional spin-capitalists and deal-with-the-devil patrician public servants.
CGD was founded in November 2001 by Edward Scott Jr (technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former US government official), C. Fred Bergsten (director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics), and Nancy Birdsall (former head of the World Bank research department and executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank). Credentials a-plenty.
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Artificial intelligence and neuropsychology research in close proximity to Uni Berkeley. Mission Statement from the rationality.org website.
Millennial non-profit in the UK with global outreach and SF, CA mailbox @ centreforeffectivealtruism.org website. Community of students and professionals acting on EA principles, by creating and sustaining high-quality discussion spaces. Running EA Global conferences and supporting community-organized EAGx conferences.
London How To Academy website. How To Academy is an organisation for people who think big. From Nobel laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners, we invite the world’s most influential voices to London to share new ideas for changing ourselves, our communities, and the world.
"We host leading artists and thinkers in an unrivalled programme of public talks, debates and conferences – from Yuval Noah Harari to Natalie Portman, Emma Watson to Eric Schmidt. We help businesses discover transformative new strategies, anticipate the future, and inspire their staff with keynotes and workshops by internationally-acclaimed economists, psychologists, politicians, and thought leaders. We offer masterclasses live and online with experts in essential twenty-first century skills, like leadership, public-speaking, decision-making and resilience. And we make books, podcasts and films to share insight and innovation around the world."