Cory Doctorow, Writer, blogger, activist. · 11 Feb 2018
agrees Net neutralityThe 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
Sanjay Gupta, American neurosurgeon and multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN · 11 Sep 2017
agrees VaccinesThat 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.
Seth Mnookin, Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing · 11 Sep 2017
agrees VaccinesRobert 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
Evgeny Morozov, Writer ans researcher on political and social implications of technology. · 06 Sep 2017
disagrees Basic IncomeBasic 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
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities · 06 Sep 2017
disagrees Basic IncomeAre 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
Thom Hartmann, Radio Host · 06 Sep 2017If 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
disagrees Learning foreign languages at schoolLike 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
Leonid Bershidsky, Journalist · 31 Aug 2017
disagrees Robot TaxAutomation 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
Dan Golden, Journalist, senior editor for ProPublica · 31 Aug 2017Asian-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,"
Josh Barro, Senior editor for Business Insider · 31 Aug 2017While 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
Matthew Yglesias, Blogger and journalist · 31 Aug 2017But 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.
Annie Lowrey, Economic policy journalist at The Atlantic · 31 Aug 2017The 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.
David Bailey, Car industry expert and Professor at Aston University · 31 Aug 2017There 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?
Hanna Rosin, American author and writer · 31 Aug 2017The 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
Matthew Parris, British political writer, formerly a Conservative Member of Parliament · 31 Aug 2017I now believe in positive discrimination
James Delingpole, Columnist · 31 Aug 2017
disagrees Carbon TaxBy 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.
Matt Ridley, Journalist, businessman and a Conservative member of the House of Lords. · 31 Aug 2017Harmonising standards is good but doing so at the regional level makes no sense. In fintech, in ag-tech, in digital, in biotech – the action is at the global level, where our voice is just 1/28th of a seat. We could be chairing these bodies.
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University · 31 Aug 2017Faced with rising superpowers like China... as well as old ones like Russia, clearly 500 million people have a lot more clout than just us… [leaving] would make Europe much weaker… Vladimir Putin would be laughing all the way to the rest of the Ukraine.
David Frost, English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and daytime tv game show host · 31 Aug 2017Scotch supports around 40,000 jobs in the UK… Europe has a taste for scotch. The industry will do better if we remain in the EU because whisky producers have hassle-free, easy access to the single market of 500 million people.
Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Common, Member of Parliament for Epsom and Ewell · 31 Aug 2017I do not believe that we can currently within the EU protect our national interest. Increasingly we are simply passing laws that have been introduced in Brussels which we often disagree with which are seldom in our national interest.
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