Single payer would actually cost the American public less, although the money would flow thru govt as taxes instead of thru insurance corps as premiums.

What I'd really like is full coverage for all with market incentives for higher quality and lower prices, along with more competition. Do it by breaking up the biggest providers and while having the govt cover all costs, give people choice of provider and cash for lowering their annual costs (checkups don't count).

Now if we could just spread this to every election in the country and get rid of the parties completely.

"I don't believe our species can survive unless we fix this (social media). We can not have a society, in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is, if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them."

Jaron Lanier

To truly would mean remembering the way they always propagandize us to support war, and the costs on all sides, right?

Great point @ComicDaveSmith. I was against requiring ID to vote, but if those laws are racist etc, aren't all the other examples of processes/places that require it racist too?

And earlier @SenseTheorypod convinced me there's plenty of examples of voter fraud out there too.

The "waste, fraud and abuse" argument is a great example of how the duopoly fails us. While we all know some government programs work and some don't and we should be talking honestly about data & better methods, instead we have a propaganda contest between superficial ideologies.

Nationalist does not imply white nationalist. Democracy does not imply direct democracy.

Red states vote for progressive ballot initiatives but also Republican politicians. Maybe what's holding back a better government is the duopoly, tribalism, propaganda, corrupt parties and horrible candidates.

I'm starting an "anti-propaganda" political party. Our symbol is the b&w silhouette of a stand-up comic. All the candidates pledge not to actually serve if elected, they just go around and get into debates and point out how you're being manipulated.

Everybody's getting what they needed to continue pushing their own narrative tonight.

“The men whom the people ought to choose to represent them are too busy to take the jobs. But the politician is waiting for it. He’s the pestilence of modern times. What we should try to do is make politics as local as possible. Keep the politicians near enough to kick them. The villagers who met under the village tree could also hang their politicians to the tree. It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.”

—G.K. Chesterton: ‘Cleveland Press’ interview

It's kinda crazy how don't recognize the power of anybody besides government to limit our freedom, until they get kicked off @twitter and @youtube. But then they never apply that lesson to other corporations.

Political campaigns really have voters in a bind. If we think one of the two candidates in a close race will be clearly better for more people, we're kinda forced to vote for them. No matter how many times they text, call, run horrible ads or fill our mailboxes with bullshit.

This was really good. What I'm still struggling with is defining better standards for acquiring knowledge. What should we expect from journalism and what more should we expect from papers from academia? Would more transparency, especially in academic journals, help?

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