Making the connections to stop gun violence

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On Saturday, March 24, hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. and cities across the country for the March for Our Lives. The demonstration, inspired by the courageous response of students in Parkland, Florida, after the February 14 school massacre, will be a historic protest against gun violence and the stranglehold that a hard right-wing minority of gun fundamentalists have over our political system.

Socialists have historically been skeptical of policies that fall under the category of “gun control” because they have been geared toward criminalizing and profiling Black and Brown people–along with those suffering from mental illness–while ignoring domestic violence, militarism, poverty and other issues that lie at the root of most violent crime.

But one of the most encouraging aspects of this new protest movement is that students are pushing the gun discussion beyond its previous narrow focus and connecting it to broader issues of inequality and injustice. That process is being led in many places by Black students, who are both standing in solidarity with Parkland and demanding that racism be understood as central to the issue of gun violence.

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The Mind-Benders: How to Harvest Facebook Data, Brainwash Voters, and Swing Elections

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In the days and weeks following the 2016 presidential elections, reports surfaced about how a small British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, might have played a pivotal role in Donald Trump’s surprise victory. The company claimed to have formulated algorithms to influence American voters using individually targeted political advertisements. It reportedly generated personality profiles of millions of individual citizens by collecting up to 5000 data points on each person. Then Cambridge Analytica used these “psychographic” tools to send voters carefully crafted online messages about candidates or hot-button political issues….

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Maintaining Our Morale against Seemingly Insurmountable Odds

Last week, comrades published Conflictual Wisdom, “Revolutionary Introspection towards the Preservation of the Anarchist Individual & Community.” In this collection, longtime anarchists reflect on how to maintain longevity while confronting seemingly invincible adversaries. Here, we present a refined version of one of the anonymous contributions, exploring how to understand the anarchist project outside a post-Christian millenarian narrative of redemption.

“They are just ghosts, the ones who think people fight to win! They fight because they like it.’”

And There Was Light, Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, blind hero of the French Resistance

It is not a question of whether we can win, but of how we wish to live.

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Futurist David Wood on Transcending Politics: A Better Politics is Beckoning Us Forward

“There’s no escape: the journey to a healthier society inevitably involves politics.” This is how well-known futurist David Wood starts his most recent book Transcending Politics: A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future. And so I thought I’d bring him back on Singularity.FM to share with us how exactly is it he suggests that we transcend politics.

During our 2 hours 15 min conversation with David Wood we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why politics is the future of technology; why technology is not enough; why intelligence is not enough; the thesis of Transcending Politics; humanism, transhumanism and transpolitics; techno-libertarian and techno-progressive transhumanism; smart politics and lean regulation; H pedia as a shared transhumanist knowledge base; the scientific method and other pillars for transcending politics; human nature and eugenics; AI and technological unemployment; bitcoin and blockchain; humanity’s grand challenges and global governance; going beyong the transhumanist narrative…

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