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Cory Doctorow, Writer, blogger, activist.

The internet isn't nearly so important as racial injustice and vanquishing white supremacy, nor smashing patriarchy, nor rescuing our planet from looters and clmate vandals, nor feudal inequality: but EVERY ONE of those fights will be won or lost with the internet
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Paul Krugman, Economist (nobel laureate) and NY Times columnist

agrees Carbon Tax
Emissions taxes are the Economics 101 solution to pollution problems; every economist I know would start cheering wildly if Congress voted in a clean, across-the-board carbon tax.
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Chris Hedges, American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and visiting Princeton University lecturer.

disagrees Basic Income
The oligarchs do not propose structural change. They do not want businesses and the marketplace regulated. They do not support labor unions. They will not pay a living wage to their bonded labor in the developing world or the American workers in their warehouses and shipping centers or driving their delivery vehicles. They have no intention of establishing free college education, universal governm... See More
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Peter Hitchens, Author, journalist

And I have little doubt that these schools are generally better than their secular equivalents partly (but not wholly) because they are selective. Selection, alas, is the foundation of authority in schools, and those which have little or none tend to be anarchic, unless they come under the leadership of those rare charismatic heads whose personality is so strong that they could have quelled the Mu... See More
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Michael Shermer,

The creationists have also changed their name, this time to “Intelligent Design Theorists” who study “irreducible complexity” and the “abrupt appearance” of life, yet more jargon for “God did it.” This is what ignites my ire about the creationists — their disingenuousness about their religious motivations. Make no mistake about it. Creationists do not want equal time. They want all the time. Their... See More
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Afua Hirsch,

The glaring hypocrisy of our integration agenda is that our most important public institutions actively encourage segregation. Faith schools make up one third of all schools in Britain. Our government is proposing that they have even more power to discriminate by selecting more of their places based on religious belief. Public funds are being used to separate children by faith. What could be more ... See More
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Susie Boniface,

Faith schools force-feed their pupils in the same way foie gras producers force-feed their geese, except instead of fat livers you get closed minds. Picking one faith to demonise for all that while overlooking the same offences by others is, well, uneducated. We have a system of education which everybody in Britain pays into, but does not have an equal right to access. Faith schools exist purely b... See More
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Catherine Bennett, Journalist

Divisiveness is, after all, the point. Until devout parents decide, as they will not, that their religions are interchangeable, the very existence of a faith school belittles rivals and heathens alike. And even within a church as carefully non-discriminatory as the Church of England, there can be no knowing how individual teachers talk about people who, as a token of devotion, they regard as steep... See More
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Boris Johnson,

agrees Brexit
A vote to Remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy.
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Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister

disagrees Brexit
3 million jobs in the UK are linked to our trade with the EU. The future prosperity of British people, are inexorably linked to our trade and co-operation with other European countries
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Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester. Vice-Chairman BBC Trust. Former advisor to the UK Treasury.

disagrees Brexit
Many foreign investors would relocate, export contracts would not get renegotiated because of the uncertainty, and the transition costs of unpicking a 40+ year relationship would be extremely high
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Josh Barro, Senior editor for Business Insider

disagrees Job Guarantee
While I favor policies to tighten the labor market, I'm not sure how a job guarantee would work. What if you can't do anything useful? What if you're terrible at your guaranteed job? There are things the government could be doing to foster job creation in recessions — deficit spending, nominal GDP targeting, a higher default level of inflation, countercyclical infrastructure investment — that stri... See More
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia since 2006

agrees Basic Income
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
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Seth Mnookin, Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing

agrees Vaccines
Robert Kennedy Jr made his name in the anti-vaccine movement in 2005, when he published a story alleging a massive conspiracy regarding thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that had been removed from all childhood vaccines except for some variations of the flu vaccine in 2001. In his piece, Kennedy completely ignored an Institute of Medicine immunization safety review on thimerosal published t... See More
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Annie Lowrey, Economic policy journalist at The Atlantic

disagrees Job Guarantee
The CAP proposal [jobs guarantee] leaves a number of questions unanswered. For example, the report suggests turning the current pool of unemployed, displaced, and discouraged workers into teachers’ aides, EMTs, and elder-care assistants. But those are jobs that require a considerable amount of training and skill, and are generally long-term careers rather than temporary gigs.
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Sanjay Gupta, American neurosurgeon and multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN

agrees Vaccines
That you are 100 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine that protects you against measles is not a matter of opinion. That is also a matter of fact.
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Jeremy Clarkson, Broadcaster, journalist and writer

disagrees Brexit
Britain, on its own, has little influence on the world stage ... But Europe if it were well run and had good cohesive, well thought-out policies, would be a tremendous force for good.
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Dan Savage, LGBT Author and Activist

agrees Basic Income
Guaranteed minimum wage […] would relieve a whole lot of stress for a lot of working people and poor people
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Thom Hartmann, Radio Host

agrees Basic Income
If conservatives really want to do away with “wasteful” and “overly bureaucratic” social services in the U.S. - services like Medicaid, Social Security and foodstamps - there’s an easy alternative. It’s simple. It encourages personal responsibility. And it will do away with our current mess of programs that make up our social safety net. All we have to do is guarantee every person a universal, and... See More
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Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada

agrees Basic Income
Paying everyone a basic income will end poverty and save money
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Chris Hayes, Host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

agrees Basic Income
I am very much pro basic income
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Amol Rajan, Editor-at-Large of The Independent

agrees Basic Income
Guaranteed income is the kind of radical idea we urgently need
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Owen Jones, Columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesmen

agrees Basic Income
Basic income – where we all are given a payment from the state as a right of citizenship – should be introduced.
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Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of Nickel and Dimed

agrees Basic Income
[Martin Ford's] solution is blindingly obvious: As both conservatives and liberals have proposed over the years, we need to institute a guaranteed annual minimum income
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Paul Mason, Economics Editor, The Guardian

agrees Basic Income
To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work
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Matthew Parris, British political writer, formerly a Conservative Member of Parliament

I now believe in positive discrimination
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Tucker Carlson, American political commentator for Fox News

If you adjust for the amount of uninterrupted time people spend in the workplace, women make more than men in almost every category
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Hanna Rosin, American author and writer

The Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men
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David Bailey, Car industry expert and Professor at Aston University

There are clearly complex issues around having both types of cars on the road. How can you programme a car to edge out into traffic as a human would do or flash its lights to signal it is letting another car in?
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Peter Drucker, Management consultant, educator, and author

Culture eats strategy for breakfast
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Matthew Yglesias, Blogger and journalist

disagrees Job Guarantee
But why insist on delivering that generosity in the specific form of "here's a make-work job for you to do in exchange for a check"? Why not just hand over the check? That way you don't need to cut as many checks to people supervising the work, obtaining the equipment to do the work, etc.
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Charles Murray, Libertarian conservative political scientist, author, and columnist

agrees Basic Income
Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture
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Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

disagrees Basic Income
Are the good, effective anti-poverty programs currently in place fully funded? I’m quite certain they’re not, and thus the question for progressives is what gets us the bigger inequality-and-poverty-reducing-bang-for-the-buck: a dollar to UBI, or a dollar to things like quality pre-school, the EITC and CTC (wage subsidies for low-income, working families), expanding Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), a... See More
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Dan Golden, Journalist, senior editor for ProPublica

Asian-Americans are indeed treated unfairly in admissions, but affirmative action is a convenient scapegoat for those who seek to pit minority groups against each other. A more logical target would be "the preferences of privilege,"
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Roger Bootle, Executive chairman, Capital Economics

agrees Brexit
If leaving the EU is a leap in the dark, then staying in is a leap in the dark with both legs shackled together and our arms tied behind our back.
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Catherine Mayer , Women's Equality Party founder

Women-only carriages are not a good idea
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Simon Jenkins,

Like the current zombie cult of maths, languages are beloved of reactionary educators for one reason: they are easy to test, quantify and regiment. They are the raw material for education’s new Holy Grail, the league table. Challenge the usefulness of such subjects, and teachers fall back on the medieval saw, that “they train the mind”. They used to say that of Latin – and corporal punishment. The... See More
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Evgeny Morozov, Writer ans researcher on political and social implications of technology.

disagrees Basic Income
Basic income, therefore, is often seen as the Trojan horse that would allow tech companies to position themselves as progressive, even caring – the good cop to Wall Street’s bad cop – while eliminating the hurdles that stand in the way of further expansion. Goodbye to all those cumbersome institutions of the welfare state, employment regulations that guarantee workers’ rights or subversive attemp... See More
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Ruth Lea, Economic adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group

agrees Brexit
[Brexit would] improve prospects: the UK would be able to appeal/amend irksome regulations [...], would be able to negotiate its own trade deals, would be able to run a non-discriminatory immigration policy without having to favour EU nationals
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James Delingpole, Columnist

disagrees Carbon Tax
By taxing carbon dioxide (the harmless trace gas which makes the planet greener), the US government would be signalling to the world that it still believes in the man-made global warming narrative. This, in turn, would keep alive the crony-capitalist “renewables” industry in which Paulson, Steyer, Bloomberg and their friends are so heavily invested.
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Irwin Stelzer, Economist, journalist for Sunday Times (London), consultant

agrees Carbon Tax
No need to compromise on the one solution that almost every economist agrees would be a prudential, efficient way to reduce emissions—a carbon tax.
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Bruce Bartlett,

agrees Carbon Tax
Trump infrastructure and tax plans should include flood control and a carbon tax.
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Jonathan Rauch, Senior fellow @BrookingsGS & @BrookingsInst. Contributing editor @TheAtlantic and @nationaljournal.

agrees Carbon Tax
Just as conveniently, the most efficient way to get started is also the simplest, albeit not the easiest politically: tax carbon emissions.
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Thomas Friedman, NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lexus and the Olive Tree and From Beirut to

agrees Carbon Tax
We need a tax system that shrinks what we don't want — carbon, sugar and bullets — and incentivizes what we need
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Joe Klein, Columnist for TIME magazine.

agrees Carbon Tax
I believe that climate change is real, and a long-term problem to be addressed in every way, ranging from a carbon tax to incentives for non-polluting energy sources.
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William Baldwin,

agrees Carbon Tax
Chuck out all energy legislation, replacing it with a one-sentence statute that levies a tax on carbon emissions.
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Greg Easterbrook, Contributing editor The Atlantic. NYT bestseller The Progress Paradox.

agrees Carbon Tax
The simplest, most efficacious, least bureaucratic, and best-for- the-nation initial move against greenhouse gas buildup w ould be a carbon tax.
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John Nichols, American journalist and author

Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet. It guarantees that speech is equal on the network of networks.
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Leonid Bershidsky, Journalist

disagrees Robot Tax
Automation did play a certain role in determining less-educated workers' life choices [i.e. losing their routine jobs and being forced either into unemployment or into the service sector]. But, Cortes, Jaimovich and Siu wrote, other factors were at least no less important. They specifically named "the share of high-skilled workers and their occupational choice, outsourcing and trade, and changes i... See More
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Charles Bean, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

disagrees Brexit
Brexit - actual or expected - may encourage some businesses to postpone (or even cancel) planned investment
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