America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

This is probably the most important thing I’ve read all day. You should, too. Brace yourself: it’s not pretty.

As long as Republican politicians are frightened by the base, the base is frightened by scary conspiracies in right-wing media, and right-wing media makes more money the more frightened everyone is, Trump appears to be safe. As long as the incentives are aligned in that direction, there will be no substantial movement to censure, restrain, or remove him from office.

Source: America is facing an epistemic crisis – Vox

Call on the Federal Trade Commission: adopt a presumptive ban on Facebook acquisitions

This is not enough, in my opinion–but it’s a step in the right direction. Please consider signing.

It’s the Federal Trade Commission’s job to safeguard America’s marketplaces and democracy against the abuses of private monopoly power. In light of evidence that Facebook’s powerful digital advertising platform was manipulated by foreign actors in the 2016 elections, the Open Markets team is calling on the FTC to conduct a thorough review of Facebook’s market dominance and the danger it poses to basic democratic institutions, national security, and the free flow of information in America. Until the FTC completes that investigation, the Open Markets Institute — with your help — is calling on the agency to ban all new acquisitions by Facebook.

Source: Call on the Federal Trade Commission: adopt a presumptive ban on Facebook acquisitions

Perspective | Trump or Congress can still block Robert Mueller. I know. I wrote the rules.

From May, but worth a re-read now that things are heating up.

Appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to probe Russian meddling in the 2016 election (and any possible ties to President Trump’s campaign) was the only choice the Justice Department had. This is the best way to deal with the conflicts and potential conflicts of interest these matters posed. In fact, the special-counsel regulations under which Mueller was appointed were written precisely to address a situation like this one. I would know; I wrote them, in 1999.

Source: Perspective | Trump or Congress can still block Robert Mueller. I know. I wrote the rules.

Perspective | I worked for Paul Manafort. He always lacked a moral compass.

I’m not sure this piece shows a lack of moral compass, actually. But it is an interesting look into the kinds of work Manafort’s done over the course of his career. (And I do like this comment: “Paul Manafort: International Man of Douchery”)

Early in my career, I worked for Paul Manafort. He was strategic, canny, demanding and, it will surprise no one to learn after his 12-count indictment this week, played by his own rules, in an industry where you usually got away with it. I was young, wanted to do right by the world, and my boss lacked a moral compass. Working for him nearly broke my spirit.

Source: Perspective | I worked for Paul Manafort. He always lacked a moral compass.