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Baby Bonds, Cash Bail, & Cyclical Inequality

A Plan to Remedy Economic Inequality  While income inequality is more often discussed, the wealth gap can often be an equally large impediment to our populations who have unfairly suffered systemic issues in the past leading to wealth accumulation: from getting loans to start a business, rent a house, and go to college. Furthermore, the country’s focus on income has often led to a neglect … Continue reading Baby Bonds, Cash Bail, & Cyclical Inequality

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MIT, LSD, & OSS: A look at the Hacker Ethos and the Battle of Business Plans in Early Silicon Valley (2/2)

Please note this is the second article of a two part series on this topic. For part one, please click here. Open Source: Tools for Hippies and Fortune 500 CEOs          Open Source code companies are paradoxes: they are nonprofit foundations that support billion-dollar companies As such, Open Source serves as a wonderful bridge of an entire Silicon Valley history. Ideals of Open Source mostly started … Continue reading MIT, LSD, & OSS: A look at the Hacker Ethos and the Battle of Business Plans in Early Silicon Valley (2/2)

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MIT, LSD, & OSS: A look at the Hacker Ethos and the Battle of Business Plans in Early Silicon Valley (1/2)

“But, it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm”.[1] Mark Zuckerberg’s pre-written introduction to a 2018 questioning by the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees echoed across the Dirksen Senate office building. Zuckerberg shifted his weight, before succinctly listing the top complaints officials held with his own company, Facebook, as well as broader technology giants today: “fake news… … Continue reading MIT, LSD, & OSS: A look at the Hacker Ethos and the Battle of Business Plans in Early Silicon Valley (1/2)

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When the Tsar Out-planned the President

Reconstruction historian Eric Foner once noted at a guest lecture in London how the “USA is exceptional in our vehement insistence that we are exceptional”.[1]Foner is not wrong; John Winthrop, one of the first Europeans to descend on America, called the to be nation a city upon a hill. At core to our moral authority over global democracy and order is our insistence that America … Continue reading When the Tsar Out-planned the President

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US Slavery Ended in 1942

US Slavery Ended in 1942 You may remember from history class that after the Union defeated the Confederacy in the United States Civil War, the 13th Amendment was passed, banning slavery, and freeing millions of southern blacks from involuntary servitude. And you understand that one doesn’t simply emerge from slavery to a lucrative career, but in 153 years, future generations should have been able to … Continue reading US Slavery Ended in 1942

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Civil War in the Central African Republic

Background Since 2012, a civil war has engulfed a country, fragmenting it along religious lines. The country is not new to conflict, an unfortunately frequent occurrence since emerging from European colonization in the 20th century. This country is not Syria: it’s the Central African Republic (CAR). A landlocked country in central western Africa, the modern borders are fairly nascent to the area which has fossils … Continue reading Civil War in the Central African Republic

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Why HUD Matters: Desegregating Cities

Why HUD Matters: Desegregating Cities Imagine that as a child, you’re in an ice cream store with siblings. Your parents offer to pay for half of your sister’s ice cream, but you have to buy your own with allowance. Unfortunately, your allowance alone was not enough to cover the ice cream; and even if it was, the store says it refuses to take coins– it … Continue reading Why HUD Matters: Desegregating Cities