“Democracy has dominated as a globally promoted and accepted form or governance not because it is perfect or because it, without fail, elects the best leaders or even very good leaders all of the time but because it is supposed to be self-correcting and potentially self-enforcing.” ~Susan Hyde
For some time now, citizens of the United States have increasingly begun to question just how “self-correcting” or “self-enforcing” American democracy might be. Some of our most prominent thinkers have begun to ask poignant questions about the state of democracy, both in American and throughout the world. (more…)
Apologies to those expecting a follow-up to the post on Tim Snyder’ book On Tyranny. That post is in the works, but has proven to be more complicated than expected. (As a teaser, Mr. Snyder has predicted a coup in the U.S. within the next year).
While researching the possibility of a coup d’etat in the U.S., we came across a site called Quora. Quora is a question and answer site where questions are “asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users”. We have not researched this site enough to rate it, however, a brief perusal suggests the questions to be interesting and the answers to be well thought out and thorough–sometimes.
You will have to register through a real account like Google or Facebook. During the registration process, you can focus the article categories as a filter for your personalized topic “menu”. Available topics like politics, health, technology, music, etc.—just as you might expect—are included. These topics become immediately available to you when you complete the sign up process.
The site cannot be characterized as either heavy or light. Backing into the site, so to speak, by following a link to a particularly good article (answer to a question) initially gave the impression of depth and seriousness. However, further exploration for only a short time began to feel pointless. The questions posted vary dramatically. For instance, there are questions which roughly might be characterized as trivia (“Could a current medical doctor have saved Presidents Lincoln and McKinley with our current medical knowledge?”). Some are personal (“When is the loneliest moment of your life?”). Some are political (“Why aren’t jobs coming back to the USA?”, “Have there ever been any countries that have tried to overthrow the US Government?” and “Is a coup d’etat underway in the USA?”). The profundity of the answers are largely determined by the questions. (Incidentally, the articles on the possibility of U.S. coup d’etat are quite interesting.)
Quora will probably never be one of your go-to sites for research. But you might find it an interesting ancillary source of information.
Remember the seekingGood teaser about the crowdfunding endeavor for WikiTribune, a new evidence-based journalistic initiative launched by Jimmy Wales (one of the founders of wikipedia)? The group behind WikiTribune reached their funding goal and has entered the next phase of the project. Take a peek here if you would like a more general update on what is going on with WikiTribune.
More specifically, as of August 3rd, 2017, WikiTribune has hired three journalists and an editor, all of whom you might like to know more about. (more…)
The seekingGood.blog has endeavored to provide useful information such that readers might expand their understanding of themselves and their overall knowledge as well as to subsequently act in accordance with the “Good” they individually manage to determine. This blog has offered repeated admonishments to “find out for yourself”, to do your own investigations. Furthermore, while this is a decidedly left-leaning blog, we have also endeavored to encourage open-mindedness, exploration of competing ideas and transcendence of the comforting limits of habitual ways of thinking. In this light, consider the following.
Governments do not think. People think. Think tanks represent people thinking collectively. Governments implement and enforce policies. Regardless how much thinking individuals do, most will have little direct impact on public policy issues. Think tanks—collections of thinking people–often help to develop or influence public policies. (more…)