Day: May 28, 2019

Discrimination and Disparities with Thomas Sowell

Hate Speech: A Lesson From 1930s Germany: Beware State Control of Social Media

The Inquiring Mind

This article at The Atlantic by Heidi Tworek had as a sub-title – Regulators should think carefully about the fallout from well-intentioned new rules and avoid the mistakes of the past.

This is an excellent article and fully repays the time spent reading it.

I will only quote a few points, as this really needs to be read in it’s entirety.

The history of radio, and in particular how it was regulated in interwar Germany, is more relevant than ever: Five years ago, the question was whether we would regulate social media. Now the questions are how and when we will regulate them. As politicians and regulators in places as disparate as Berlin, Singapore, and Washington—even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—consider how best to do so, we should think carefully about the fallout from well-intentioned new rules and avoid the mistakes of the past.

This article is dated 27 May…

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Is there going to be an Israel 2019b?

Fruits and Votes

Today, the Knesset of Israel took the first step towards passing a bill to dissolve itself and set an early election, probably for 9 September. This came after Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman said he would not join an emerging government coalition that he claimed would be a halakha government. He was referring to the demands in such a coalition of the two Haredi Knesset factions, Shas and United Torah Judaism. (Halakha is Jewish law.)

It is still possible that this is all an elaborate ploy by PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his various allies to pressure Liberman into backing down. However, Liberman himself has said he welcomes new elections, and the preliminary reading of the elections bill passed with 65 votes, or exactly the number that the putative right/Haredi coalition would have if Yisrael Beitenu’s five seats are included.

In the 2019(a?) election in April, Netanyahu’s Likud won 35…

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Why nations fail | James Robinson