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The Trump era is a golden age of conspiracy theories – on the right and left

In his novel Foucault’s Pendulum, the late Umberto Eco dreamed up a plot for our time. The book portrays a collection of enlightened skeptics who get swept into conspiracy. First to amuse themselves, and then because the crackpots they ridicule participate in the madness, Eco’s characters seal their own doom. They connect dots that are unrelated. They see cabals that …

COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 11: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Biden skipped a primary-night event in New Hampshire after the count there showed a distant finish to front runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Biden’s World Experience Proves a Lead Balloon BY MICHAEL HIRSH

Joe Biden has been around Washington so long that he cast one of his first big votes as a U.S. senator during the Vietnam War—at a time when Bernie Sanders was a shaggy-haired radical in rural Vermont, Amy Klobuchar was in middle school, and Pete Buttigieg wasn’t even a glint in the eyes of his parents, who weren’t yet married. …

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Of course there’s a globalisation backlash. It has failed billions of people

Over the past 30 years China has become the world’s factory. For the past few weeks, the production line has been shut down by plant closures deemed necessary to halt the spread of coronavirus. Beijing fears there will be both short- and long-term damage from the outbreak. The country is on course for its first quarter of negative growth in decades, while earlier …

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America and Israel Against the World

My Spotify workout playlist is a time warp. Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood of New York City in the 1990s and early 2000s, listening to popular East Coast hip-hop was practically required. So on a recent morning in which I had planned to write a column about Israel/Palestine, I jammed out to Jay-Z & Beyonce’s famous power-couple-jam, “’03 Bonnie …

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A Culture of Cheating by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

Cheating, and the lying that always accompanies it, is probably as old as the human species. At the same time, that is probably how long we have known that they are harmful traits. The Eighth Commandment (out of the famous ten) tells us not to bear false witness, which means, don’t lie. Most older societies had someone assigned to monitor …

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The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

On January 19—a week before the Lunar New Year—Tommy Tang left Shenzhen with his girlfriend to visit her family in Wuhan for the holiday. They had heard of the novel coronavirus (now officially known as COVID-19), but as far as they knew, it was localized to a small area. The local government had assured people that it would only affect …

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) looks on during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Trump administration efforts to remove Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from government conservatorship on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso - RC1DDCEDE260

AOC Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking Nationwide By ZACHARY EVANS

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Wednesday announced legislation that would ban fracking throughout the U.S. “Fracking is destroying our land and our water. It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the fracking industry,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “That is why I am proud to …

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As Household Debt Hits $14 Trillion, Economists Say Fed Quantitative Easing Solution for Next Recession Insufficient by Eoin Higgins

On the heels of reports that U.S. household debt hit $14 trillion for the first time in history, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers Wednesday that the central bank would use quantitative easing as the primary weapon to combat the next recession. With interest rates hovering around 1.50% and 1.74%, quantitative easing—injecting more cash into the economy through buying …

70% of Americans rarely discuss the environmental impact of their food

American consumers are hungry for more climate-friendly plant-based diets, but they need more information, according to results from a national survey released today by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) and the Earth Day Network (EDN). The report, titled “Climate Change and the American Diet,” found that half (51 percent) of Americans surveyed said that they would eat …