A civic duty to stop Donald Trump requires that I support a candidate I could’ve never imagined backing. Doesn’t yours require it too?
Source: Why I Insist on Voting for Hillary Clinton – The Atlantic
this is what it looks like when civic duty compels you to use the franchise to stop a demagogue
— Conor Friedersdorf
Some networks of hospitals, doctors and medical services are now so dominant in their region that they can hike their prices and force patients to waive the right to sue when things go wrong.
Dozens of companies have received a letter, via their insurance administrators, asking them to waive their rights to sue Sutter. If they don’t, a fact sheet included in the letter says, the companies’ employees who get care through Sutter’s network of hospitals, doctors and medical services will no longer have access to discounted in-network prices.
Source: Big Hospital Network Cracks Down On The Right To Sue
Within the worldview that he has deliberately fostered, both electoral outcomes would demonstrate the validity of one or other of his pronouncements: On the one hand, a Trump victory will be taken as evidence of his genius and the greatness of the American people; on the other hand, a Trump defeat will be interpreted as evidence that the will of the people has somehow been perverted, and that the establishment is incapable of recognizing the need for change.
Among the voters who see politics from this perspective—which, lest we forget, represent between a third and a half of the population, depending on which poll you look at—a Clinton victory will not breathe fresh life and confidence into mainstream politics. Instead, it will lead to political disenchantment and the sense that the system doesn’t work. The long-term consequences of these trends will not be a Republican Party shift back towards the center, but the rise of a fresh cohort of rabble-rousing leaders in the Trump mold, determined to promote their own profile by challenging the status quo.
One of the by-products of this approach is to tarnish the whole electoral process in the minds of Trump supporters.
Democracy relies on the support of both elites and the wider population for a shared set of key principles, such as mutual respect, rule following, and the willingness to keep defending the political systems, even after defeat. There is nothing about a Trump defeat that would strengthen any of these values. The focus of much analysis of the negative impact of a Trump presidency therefore misses the point: American democracy is likely to take a beating on Nov. 8, no matter who wins.
Source: An Oxford professor explains why a Trump victory is better for democracy than a Clinton presidency
“They dispute each other not on priorities but on objective reality.”
In short, Democrats and Republicans don’t so much disagree about where to take the country, they disagree about which country they would be taking.
To any political scientist, this is not news. Survey data has long shown that factual claims often reflect partisan sympathies more than they do reality.
I think news organizations are missing opportunities. Everyone seems to publish a dozen polls a month highlighting American disagreements over subjective opinions. Why not publish more stories doing the same about factual opinions—and then take pains to describe the actual truth? If the idea is to shock and amaze people, I think factual surveys will likely do the trick.
Source: Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on the facts — Quartz
Women thrive when classrooms make them feel like they belong.
And as one undergraduate research participant in our lab put it, the current stereotypes of computer scientists is that they are “nerdy guys” who “stay up late coding and drinking energy drinks” and have “no social life.”
This geeky image is at odds with the way that many girls see themselves.
When high school girls see Star Trek posters and video games in a computer science classroom, they opt out of taking the course.
When the classroom is devoid of décor, girls still opt out. It is only when an alternate image of computer science is presented by replacing geeky objects with art and nature posters that girls become as interested as boys.
Source: A new study shows how Star Trek jokes and geek culture make women feel unwelcome in computer science — Quartz