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The Psychology of Progressive Hostility – Quillette

…The liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill once explained that, “The greatest orator, save one, of antiquity, has left it on record that he always studied his adversary’s case with as great, if not with still greater, intensity than even his own.” Mill held that unless we carefully study the views of those with whom we disagree, we will never really know what they’re right or wrong about. “He who knows only his own side of the case,” Mill wrote in his 1859 book On Liberty, “knows little of that.” Our opponents could be right for all we know or care, because they may know a fact or offer an argument we’ve never thought to consider. And even if they aren’t right, Mill points out that specks of truth may exist among their falsehoods which can guide our minds in new directions.

The Psychology of Progressive Hostility – Quillette

Recently, I arrived at a moment of introspection about a curious aspect of my own behavior. When I disagree with a conservative friend or colleague on some political issue, I have no fear of speaking my mind. I talk, they listen, they respond, I talk some more, and at the end of it we get along just as we always have.

Why Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins | Harvard Business Review

Written back in 2010, it is still true today…

Why Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins

Most people who know me know that I’m a devoted Bruce Springsteen fan. I’ve spent more than 30 years listening to his music, attending his live shows (more than 100 so far, and still counting), and otherwise paying close attention to what he writes, sings, and says.

Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda – Columbia Journalism Review

Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda

So-called “fake news” has become a hot-button topic of late, since Donald Trump and his followers have made it a mantra to describe any story they disagree with. After initially dismissing the problem, Facebook has promised to crack down on disinformation in a number of ways, and so has Google.

More On The Prince of Bullshit David “Avocado” Wolfe

David Avocado Wolfe is the biggest asshole in the multiverse

With more than 11 million followers on Facebook, David “Avocado” Wolfe, the Sideshow Bob-haired, blender-hawking alternative-health guru, calls himself the “Rock Star and Indiana Jones of the superfood universe.” And he’s humble. You’ve undoubtedly seen one of his bullshit-filled posts or inspirational memes shared into your feed, but who – or more accurately, what – is David Avocado Wolfe?

Donald Trump might be the dimmest President the US has ever had | The Independent

Without a doubt, he is the most NON-intellectual president ever. I have never known him to or heard a report of him engaging in critical thinking, research, or reflection on a topic.

Donald Trump might be the stupidest President ever

President Donald Trump does not read – except in small doses and when his own name appears prominently. Prior to the presidency, his only activities were work and golf. He does not mingle with intellectuals, cultural trend-setters or artists.

Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference – The New York Times

Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

Rob Goldman, vice president for ads at Facebook, posted an eight-part thread on Twitter late Friday about his company’s role in Russian disinformation – and quickly caused a firestorm. In his messages, Mr. Goldman discussed the indictment of 13 Russians and three companies accused of carrying out a scheme to subvert the 2016 election.

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