Category Archives: Thoughts

Thoughts: Populism in America

Populism in America: What it is and its impacts on US Governance *Based on my paper written in January 2017 & updated September 2017 Table of Contents Introduction Specific Aims Background What is Populism? (Jan-Werner Mueller)        1) Mueller’s Four … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Expansion of US State Surveillance Powers & What’s Next

It has been 9 months since producing my last post; that gap of time was spent thinking about and digesting the contentious US election cycle.  During this period there have been additional examples of how the US government has utilized … Continue reading

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Thoughts – Final Thoughts & What’s Next

A potential valid criticism of my research is that it has too much a positive bias towards information or bio-technological answers to human challenges. Some may even level that criticism on me personally because of my background in information and … Continue reading

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Thoughts – The Game of Humans and Gods

The Game of Humans and Gods The game of humans and gods is a very old one but played daily. Historically humans have been characterized as living in fear of god(s) or as aspiring to achieve god status as humans … Continue reading

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Thoughts – Emotion Machines and Politics

I propose to consider the question, “How has technology changed politics?” This should begin with definitions of the meaning of the terms “Technology” and “Politics.” The definitions might be framed so as to reflect, as far as possible, the normal … Continue reading

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Thoughts – The Nature of Our Digital Lives

In the information age who owns and has access to your data? The genesis of this research project on how technology has changed politics is my original masters thesis completed at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 2011. … Continue reading

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Thoughts – What Is The Nature of Technology & Religion?

“How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks … Continue reading

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Thoughts – Is Our Information Sufficiently Secure From Theft and Illicit Use?

The question of whether our information in the information age is sufficiently secure from theft and illicit use has an obvious answer. No. What is not as obvious is exactly why our information is not sufficiently secure from theft and … Continue reading

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Thoughts – How can the U.S. Government restrict our First Amendment Rights?

“Vigilance has never been more crucial, or more difficult, for the free press around the world. The greatest threat isn’t to one or two individuals, nor is it confined to any given country or year. An information battle is under … Continue reading

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Thoughts – Is the U.S. Still An Authoritarian National Surveillance State?

“The question is not whether we will have a surveillance state in the years to come, but what sort of surveillance state we will have.” – Jack Balkin Immediately following the original Snowden revelations in June 2013, I wrote a … Continue reading

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