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    Our digital malaise: distraction is costing us more than we think

Our digital malaise: distraction is costing us more than we think

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We’re wasting time and exhausting our brain’s limited resources, affecting productivity and output quality, writes Brian Solis.

Many of us are doing real work six or even five hours each day, while spending eight-plus hours “at work”, without realising the loss of time spent with family, on hobbies, exercise or energising side projects.

Instead of getting a full-day’s work accomplished, we’re […]

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    Book Review: The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era by Barry Eichengreen

Book Review: The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era by Barry Eichengreen

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In The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era, Barry Eichengreen places the surge of new populisms within deep historical context, looking at the convulsions caused by populist agitators and the response from the political establishment. Diogo Senra Rodeiro recommends this clear and highly informative analysis. 

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era. Barry Eichengreen. […]

Hate Almost-Crimes and the Rise of Inter-Nationalism

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On Tuesday the US House judiciary committee will hold a hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism, a response to the increase in the number of hate crimes since Donald Trump was elected. Jonathan Albright writes that while hate has always existed, the modern internet has made it much more visible and accessible, which in turn has made its […]

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    Beyond the Dream and Promise Act: Why Democrats must turn the immigrant labor narrative upside down

Beyond the Dream and Promise Act: Why Democrats must turn the immigrant labor narrative upside down

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The immigration debate in America has become divided between positions which highlight the threat of immigration to the economy and national security on one side and the other which emphasizes humanitarianism and human rights. With each side aligned with the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, the left tends to avoid engaging with economic questions for fear of alienating low-skilled […]

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    Book Review: American Folk Music as Tactical Media by Henry Adam Svec

Book Review: American Folk Music as Tactical Media by Henry Adam Svec

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In American Folk Music as Tactical Media, Henry Adam Svec excavates the American folk music revival of the mid-twentieth century to show its continued relevance to contemporary digital media culture, exploring the media central to the production of folk music’s imaginary from Alan Lomax’s Dictaphone machine to Woody Guthrie’s guitar. This is a rich and engaging analysis, writes Michael Audette-Longo, that provides […]

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    Understanding the future of Black politics means understanding the future of the Black church

Understanding the future of Black politics means understanding the future of the Black church

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Religion in America is often political, and Black religious groups are no exception. But Black churches put forward a variety of political messages which can reinforce many different beliefs, write Eric L. McDaniel and Maraam Dwidar. In new research which examines how Black churches work to overcome White Supremacy, they find that adherence to one of three different sets […]

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    Recent scandals highlight the policy influence that wealthy families gain from making charitable donations  

Recent scandals highlight the policy influence that wealthy families gain from making charitable donations  

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Last month it was revealed that wealthy American parents paid bribes to ensure their children could attend elite universities and that the British and American Sackler family has sold the pain reliever OxyContin while knowing of its addictive and deleterious qualities. Dan Cohen and Emily Rosenman argue that these two seemingly unrelated scandals illustrate the influence that philanthropy and […]

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    When push comes to shove, well-sorted partisans don’t like to compromise

When push comes to shove, well-sorted partisans don’t like to compromise

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Over the last decade, increasing partisan rancor in Washington DC has left many wondering if we will ever see a return to bipartisanship. In new research, Nick Davis finds that this lack of desire for compromise extends to voters, too. Analyzing nine years of survey data, he finds differences among Republican and Democratic supporters who have sorted themselves into […]

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    Locking horns: online incivility is seen as the new normal, and it inhibits social trust

Locking horns: online incivility is seen as the new normal, and it inhibits social trust

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However, simply witnessing an online interaction in which people discuss in a civil manner makes us trust others more, write Fabio Sabatini and Tommaso Reggiani.

Have you ever witnessed (or been involved in) one of those endless Facebook discussions where users fight each other on sensitive issues with nonsensical arguments and rude comments filled with hate and stereotypes? How did […]

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    Why we should focus on policy outcomes and not partisan divisions

Why we should focus on policy outcomes and not partisan divisions

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Recent research has suggested that the public’s support for policy measures is closely linked to whether the policy is endorsed by their favored political party. In a new study, Dennis Chong and Kevin Mullinix find that this partisan bias may have been overstated. On many issues, they write, voters from both sides of the aisle respond as much or more […]

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