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A special series of 4 lectures from #AvnerOffer @OxfordESH starting at 5pm this evening @Cambridge_Uni. #econhist #economics
Today's conclusion to #AvnerOffer's first lecture.
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Nobody said campaigning was easy, but it appears either Russia or a group of jealous people don’t want you to get to my web site. Either way can you fix this @Twitter @verified #democracy #russiaisnotafanofme
Gotta love people who report a link. I’m amazed that @Twitter can’t ban people for threats but can block access to a campaign web site. Nice job😡
I sent a request to twitter for them to review. But if any of you are so inclined you to can ask @twitter to reinvestigate the claim by clicking “learn more” and then click on this and fill out the form.
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There is nothing politically intelligent in handing an anti-Semite the large, well-publicized @munkdebate platform. Here’s a research article highlighting Bannon‘s anti-Semitism—yes, his #whitesupremacy is so obvious that it appears in an article title. jstor.org/stable/10.2979…
Let me elaborate some points where you go wildly wrong, @CBCSunday. Michael Enright, you irresponsibly minimize the reach and effect that Bannon has strategically built for his brand of anti-Semitism and #whitesupremacy. 2/
Bannon has constructed an international network of anti-Semites and #whitesupremacists. You are dead wrong when you say, "That's an awful lot of social damage to be caused by the mutterings of a lone, right-wing American gas bag." 3/
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@CapitalJon @PaulGambles2 @AlastairWinter @Halsrethink @dlacalle_IA @OBrienSheehan @chloechotv 1. #EU-#Europe before 2000 was OK: Open borders within #EU for EU-citizens, people can live & work (and study) in all EU states (so take great care who joins - went too fast too far East). The seed of destruction came with the #EURO.
@CapitalJon @PaulGambles2 @AlastairWinter @Halsrethink @dlacalle_IA @OBrienSheehan @chloechotv 2. More centralization & #Merkel's #RefugeesWelcome (with the will to enforce mass-#migration on other #EU states) introduce more toxic cancer cells into the #EU!
A common budget (#Macron) & an #EU-army would be the end of true #democracy & #freedom within #Europe!
@CapitalJon @PaulGambles2 @AlastairWinter @Halsrethink @dlacalle_IA @OBrienSheehan @chloechotv 3. The next step would be the likes of #Merkel, #Macron & #Juncker enforcing their will by first witholding money & next send the #EU-army to topple the likes of #Orban in #Hungary.
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🏛️In an extremely brave move last week, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp stood up for #Democrats and survivors of sexual assault and rape by voting "No" on Brett Kavanaugh.

😡Unfortunately, she is facing backlash in her conservative state, #NorthDakota

cnn.com/videos/politic…
💸Please consider giving Senator Heitkamp a little help—a small donation of $1 or $2 is enough—to thank her for standing up for #Democracy and women's rights.

🐬WE NEED TO #FlipTheSenate

🔑Her seat is key to doing this.
🔗Here's the link to make a donation of any size to Senator Heidi Heitkamp & to find out more about her.

#FlipTheSenate

heidifornorthdakota.com
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Trump and Mussolini: 11 Key Lessons from Historical Fascism

Italian fascism provides a better model for our moment than Nazi Germany—and the comparison is not encouraging.

By: @Anis_Shivani for @AlterNet
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Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
〰️ Benito Mussolini

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I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of #fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945. I choose fascist #Italy rather than #Nazi #Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison.
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Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”

By Ron Rosenbaum @RonRosenbaum1

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THE TRUMP-HITLER COMPARISON.
Is there any comparison? Between the way the campaigns of Donald #Trump and Adolf #Hitler should have been treated by the #media and the culture? The way the media should act now? The problem of #normalization?
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Because I’d written a book called Explaining Hitler several editors had asked me, during the #campaign, to see what could be said on the subject.

Until the morning after the election I had declined them.
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The Reichstag Warning ⚠️⚠️⚠️

By @TimothyDSnyder
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On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began.
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#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
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The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German #president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
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Ahead of @SenatorCollins' speech on the Senate floor, protesters chant "believe women!" from the gallery
COLLINS is using her speech to criticize opponents of Kavanaugh as "frenzied," "spreading outright falsehoods," and representing "special interest groups."
COLLINS: "The president has broad discretion to consider a nominee's philosophy, whereas my duty as a senator is to focus on the nominee's qualifications as long as that nominee's philosophy is within the mainstream."

It sure sounds like she is going to announce a yes vote.
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My humble tribute to Waj bro's #JacuzziJournalism and "Yahan Sey View Bohat Acha Hai" journalism by our very own Maria Memon . 🙏🏽
#Vlog 🛀🏽🎑⛰️🏛️
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“مخصوص سوچ کی ترویج اور جنونیت کو ملتی اَن دیکھی تھپکیاں کسی بھی معاشرے میں ماب جسٹس کو نارملائز کردیتی ہیں۔”
#Vlog #PMHouse #NayaPakistan #MobJustice #Democracy #Pakistan #Media
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پوری نسل میں سوچ انجیکٹ کردی گئی ہے کہ سیاستدان کو سنجیدہ نہیں لینا اور ان کی تذلیل و تضحیک نارمل بات ہے۔ عوام کو ان کےنمائندوں سےبدظن کرنےکاسلسلہ کافی عرصہ سےجاری ہے، اب اس نظام سے دل اُچاٹ کرنےکی باری ہے۔
#Vlog #PMHouse #NayaPakistan #MobJustice #Democracy #Pakistan #Media
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1) Starting a data series explaining India's #antiHindu system, 2nd class citizen status of Hindus and need for #HinduCharter (hint: #antiHindu system enjoys multi partisan support of all political parties, all branches of govt & so called pillars of #democracy & #equality)
2) Fountainhead of India's #antiHindu system is article 29&30 of constitution which cleverly denies #equalrights to Hindus allowing govt to enact #discriminatory laws/funding/programs & enables Supreme court to adjudicate contradictory laws in #antiHindu manner. #HinduCharter
3) Indian Govt confiscation of Hindu temples is 1 of the largest #religionfreedom violation in world. ALL political parties&Judiciary mostly support Hindu temple confiscation. For all practical purpose,Constitution right to freedom of religion is for nonHindus only. #HinduCharter
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The important point to keep in mind regarding section 33 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms is why it was included. Think about what was going on at the time and why the Charter was even created.

Sect. 33 is a white supremacy tool that was included to make white men feel safe.
Now that this fact has been said, let’s get to the heart of addressing the attempt to abuse power in order to maintain white supremacy.

It’s 2018, time to rule section 33 unconstitutional when used to subvert Canadians’ inalienable rights to a free & democratic society.

#TOpoli
History has taught us many lessons.

Some people learn from them and some people don’t.

During the time when then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other white male elected Representatives were working on ensuring that underrepresented and marginalized Communities were protected
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2. "Generosity is a virtue, but unlimited generosity is a fast route to bankruptcy.

Humanitarianism is commendable, but not when you’re demanding that others share the burdens and expense.

A very liberal immigration policy is wise, but helter-skelter migration isn’t."
#Merkel
3. "Knowing how to set broad but clear limits is one of the essentials of conservative governance. Merkel’s failure is that she ceased to be conservative."
#NYT on #Merkel
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Tonight I see the rule of law dying, the principles our country was founded on are being ignored, due process is being trampled upon.

I care very much about women's rights, LGBTQ rights, healthcare as we know it, and the possibility getting justice against an #IllegitimatePOTUS
The respect that I once had for elected officials has faded, the respect that I had for fellow Americans who were on the other side of the aisle disappears

No I don't hate them, I am disgusted by the fact that we have forgotten that while we may have differences we are Americans
As Americans, sure we make mistakes, but we also learn from our mistakes and fix it so that we don't repeat them.

In the current environment, I do not feel I can trust fellow Republicans, who once cared about 🇺🇸, blindly turn a blind eye towards atrocities and hate
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The @ONgov’s swift passing of #Bill5, cutting the size of Toronto’s city council, surprised many across Canada. Discover how this controversial bill broke the mould on #DemocraticProcess. ow.ly/pExs30lGdAM #Thread below. [1/10] #OnPoli #CdnPoli @IRPP
When #Toronto City Council reviewed its own ward boundaries starting in 2014, there were 24 public meetings, 100+ in-person meetings, surveys and online engagement. 2/11 ow.ly/cjw330lGdFr
The previous #Ontario government created an expert panel which held 20+ public meetings before it added two new ridings. 3/10 ow.ly/k96730lGdHV
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At dinner, I learned more about corruption + racism built into society by our masters. A book we discussed (Zinn) was used as part of this "Left" resource's bibliography. I had to share. [A thread]

@BlackSocialists - thoughts on this resource?

historyisaweapon.com/indextrue.html
It very simply lays out the case that we are all being controlled. It covers hidden history of the United States including their (and, due to the systems created by our masters, our) racism. 

#racism #systemicracism #history
If you haven't been in school for a while (or are in a terrible school), some of the words might trip you up. Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.org are two good resources to help you.
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All the times the govt's own EU referendum pamphlet, delivered to every house, said that voting Leave meant "less access", "losing full access" & "uncertainty and risk" about the Single Market. But a majority voted Leave anyway.
#democracy @LeaveMnsLeave @DeborahMeaden
Here's the Remain campaign's widely distributed 'Europe & You' leaflet, stating that our votes "will decide your family's future" & "at risk" was being "free to trade with all EU countries with no barriers". A majority voted Leave anyway.
#democracy @Change_Britain @DeborahMeaden
Here's Will Straw, director of the Remain campaign, highlighting that Leave campaigners had "conceded" that outside the EU the UK would lose access to the Single Market. "We must be absolutely clear about what this means", he said. A majority voted Leave anyway
#democracy @montie
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Total Democracy is rigged to fail society..eventually.

Its a thread.

From @OxfordUnion by @mehdirhasan with @dambisamoyo.

This also includes three other people.

Number 1 was previously a politician who now works with policy.

The joint no 2s are well respected "whatyacallits"
First, I have to send my regards to the interviewer who always found to bring out the best, here or the worst , eg @obyezeks....in the end, the truth from all and every person interviewed.

The whole discourse was based on the seemingly crazy ideas of @dambisamoyo in #edgeofchaos
She argued that in order for Developing countries to have any chance of attaining development, #Democracy needs to be tinkered with.

She drove home the point by directing to China and the miracle they pulled off within one generation.

Initially a skeptic, I got to think.....
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@ShawnTheAtheist Disagree because of the dominance of #socialmedia: The platforms that banned #InfoWars reach over 2 billion people & as such are not just "private companies". What we need fast is a Digital Bill of Rights to ensure a #FreeInternet & a free exchange of ideas on all platforms.
@ShawnTheAtheist 2. I do not value #InfoWars & #AlexJones as provider of "news". I see them more as infotainment, with the focus being less on "info", but all #censorship is a slippery slope!
Fact the top opinion-shapers realised the power of #socialmedia & they don't like it!
@ShawnTheAtheist 3. #Censorship & different forms of #Shadowbanning have existed for years.
I just came out of a shadowban on #Twitter, when my #impressions dropped from 270.000 in a day to just 10.000 - Reason: I disagreed with Jack Dorsey on Twitter not using censorship (indeed ironic!).
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@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Thanks Peter!

It’s interesting, this time 4 years ago several debates had already taken place. I also learned that many of the debates were specifically held for specific Candidates- a way to use the airwaves to promote if you will.

My platform includes electoral reform.

@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC It’s possible to ensure an inclusive, accessible, democratic Election.

I believe the demonstration of #inclusion #accessibility #democracy in our Election is part of ensuring #CommunityWellness

Vote D!ONNE Renée on Election Day for Mayor of TORONTO!
#TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO
@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Outcomes of #CommunityWellness include:
👉🏿a healthy society
👉🏿a wealth of opportunities
👉🏿the ability to just be
👉🏿equanimity
👉🏿an engaged citizenry
👉🏿initiative
👉🏿inclusive mindsets
👉🏿a thriving society
👉🏿a thriving economy full of innovation, creativity, LOVE
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Thank you for the recognition, support and kind words @SamTecle!

You too are a force, a gift to our City brother!

We will not be silenced. We will win! Together we succeed!
#TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO
Brother @SamTecle, I watched the video of the 2014 Mayoral Debate again and am reminded how Jane-Finch boldly stood up for & with me!

Together we succeed!

#CommunityUnity #TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHallToo #OurCityHall
What the Jane & Finch Community audience publicly & actively did was the example of what we should be doing.

Jane & Finch’s example was the example of outrage for the nonsense going on during that election.
I expected to see this response at other ‘debates’.

#TOpoli #ElectionTO
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@MalcolmNance @SenJohnMcCain @HillaryClinton @McFaul @SenWhitehouse @StevenLHall1 @Isikoff @johnpodesta “The Russians have a particular type of “mark.” They go after somebody who has business resources, shady morals, and political connections or aspirations. I’ve just described Donald Trump.” -Senator Sheldon #Whitehouse

#ActiveMeasures
#ActiveMeasuresMovie
@MalcolmNance @SenJohnMcCain @HillaryClinton @McFaul @SenWhitehouse @StevenLHall1 @Isikoff @johnpodesta “Putin realizes that, if we’re divided as a nation, we cannot protect ourselves from threats within and without.”
- @Evan_McMullin

“And what you have is probably the biggest intelligence breach in the history of the world.”

#ActiveMeasures
#ActiveMeasuresMovie
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TWEET THREAD (1/8) 📢 OUR NEW RESEARCH on voter purges — when election officials remove names from voter registration lists — has alarming findings, with major implications for the integrity of our #democracy: bit.ly/2O3bCAw
(2/8) Almost 4 million more names were purged between 2014 and 2016 than between 2006 and 2008 — 33% growth, much higher than the growth in eligible voters and in the larger population.
(3/8) Purge rates have increased more in states that, due to their history of #racialdiscrimination, were previously subject to federal "preclearance," a practice that ended with the 2013 #SCOTUS decision Shelby County v. Holder.
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