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The law that made Facebook what it is today

AP/Andrew Harnik This article was originally published on The Conversation. Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data. In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been […]

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The dangers of liberals’ cringing timidity

Many self-righteously sober-minded liberals scoff at activist calls for political revolution. They focus instead on incremental reforms and tiddlywink improvements that, they insistently tut-tut, are moderate and thus achievable. However, if the Democratic Party wants to stave off political collapse, liberals would do well to consider reform that is so aggressive that it makes drastic […]

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Why can’t liberals accept the truth about Hillary’s 2016 failure?

Like traumatized soldiers after a devastating and unanticipated defeat on the battlefield, a certain kind of partisan Democrat is still struggling with President Trump’s (absurdly narrow) victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Just witness the furious reaction occasioned by a New York Times excerpt from Amy Chozick’s new book about Clinton’s defeat. Because […]

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Will dark money swamp the blue wave? Democrats’ fundraising lead could be deceptive

Getty/Photo Montage by Salon Now that the 2018 campaign season is truly underway, mainstream media chatter about the “blue wave” narrative is about to become cacophonous. To be clear, there are lots of reasons for optimism. Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired a widespread mood of resistance and motivated political organizing to an extent that it’s […]

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Democrats probably won’t win Arizona’s special election — but the GOP’s still in trouble

Getty/Photo Montage by Salon Republicans were oh, so close to another Roy Moore disaster this week. Following an embarrassing revelation that former Rep. Trent Franks had offered his female staffers money to impregnate them, the arch-conservative Arizona congressman was forced to resign late last year, quietly shuffled out of Congress in the middle of the […]

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The Kochtopus is extending its tentacles

CBS/AP/Photo montage by Salon This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is […]