Evolution 2.0: What would a theory of evolution for technology look like, and do technologies descend by some unambiguous process from the collective of earlier technologies? A look at how technology is on the way to forecasting humanity's needs. Not the great liberator: A review of The Cultural Logic of Computation by David Golumbia. The myth of technological progress: We are not living in a time of technical decline exactly, but we are also not living in a time of great progress. Falling out of love with market myths: When it comes to buying into economic theories to suit their interests, technology entrepreneurs are as bad as the bankers we demonise. Forget about innovation and exotic new technology: People still haven’t learned to use the technology we already have. When cheap and simple is just fine: Entire markets have been transformed by products that trade power or fidelity for low price, flexibility, and convenience. After a while gadgets break and you throw them away — there's nothing you can do about it, right? Hacking into iPhones with friends: Teens bond by jailbreaking the mobile. Do computers make us more human, or are the friendships we make and the arguments we have online really thinner and less satisfying? An emerging field known as sentiment analysis is taking shape around one of the computer world’s unexplored frontiers: translating the vagaries of human emotion into hard data.


From Heretical Ideas, authors attempt to make up the most outlandish conspiracy theories they can think of (in 5 parts). Here are 51 conspiracy theories that don’t exist but should. Everyone knows a relative who dabbles in conspiracy theories (and what is your favorite conspiracy theory?) How much evidence do you need, is the truth out there?: New books consider our tireless fascination with unsolved mysteries. A review of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more by Arthur Goldwag. Conspiracy theorists and fringe Christians think the mysterious Georgia stones signal the coming of a "New World Order". Conspiracy theory: Could the president take over the Internet? With “truthers,” “birthers” and “deathers” in back in the news, here’s a look at five conspiracy theories the won't go away. Gus Russo reviews The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by David Kaiser. We have a conspiracy conspiracy, designed to rob the radical left of foot soldiers by creating doubt and suspicion where there need be none. From World, Andree Seu on secret plans: Sometimes conspiracies happen.


From The Activist, an symposium on Michael Harrington (and a review of The Other America). A review of Freedom's Power: The History and Promise of Liberalism by Paul Starr. A review of The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe (and more). From ZNet's "Reimagining Society Project", Barbara Epstein on why the US left is weak — and what to do about it; Michael Hardt on the politics of the common; Yotam Marom on revolutionary communalism; Noam Chomsky on anarchism; Richard Schmitt on socialism; Erik Olin Wright on taking the social in socialism seriously; and Marcus Hill on anti-civilization theory. The Left fights not just for welfarism but for socialism, with which welfarism is dialectically linked, but whose content is qualitatively different. Open Left is asking a simple but contested question: What does it mean to be on the Left today? Posing as progressive: An article on the problem with PC (and a response). Henry Farrell reviews Bloggers on the Bus by Eric Boehlert and Netroots: Online Progressives and the Transformation of American Politics by Matthew R. Kerbel. Left without labor: A party of professionals and young voters risks becoming a party that overlooks the core economic crisis facing American workers. Look out for the union label: Liberals rejoin the picket line. The history of Labor Day, in addition to involving a surplus of ironies, also disproves an oft spoken cliche.


From TAC, Kenneth Minogue on Michael Oakeshott: The great British philosopher defined conservatism less as a political program; and Daniel McCarthy on the danger of popular sovereignty. The rich promise of history de-centered: A review essay on American conservatism. From Dissent, a review of Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan by Kim Phillips-Fein (and more). A review of The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History by Donald Critchlow. Kevin Mattson on the conservative takeover of American politics. More and more and more on Sam Tanenhaus's The Death of Conservatism. A review of The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History by Patrick Allitt (and more and more). Moderation is no vice: Peter Berkowitz reviews Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark R. Levin (and a response by Levin; and more). From Taki's Magazine, Charles Coulombe on the Old Paleos and the New (and a response). From TNR, Jonathan Chait reviews Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns. A review of The Left, The Right, & The State by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. The Libertarian's Dilemma: Would you rather have Big Brother's hand in your wallet or his eye on your business? (and part 2)

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