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Which is better? A hard right turn in Brazil or a hard left turn in Mexico?

By John McCullough Some political observers seem more comfortable with a dangerous right-wing reactionary than a leftist social democrat. One would be hard-pressed to find two newly elected world leaders more different than Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The former is a moderate social democrat who promises to […]

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Damsels in distress? Treating women as more vulnerable, virtuous or credible than men is reactionary and ultimately counterproductive

By Camille Paglia It’s open sex war — a grisly death match that neither men nor women will win. Ever since The New York Times opened the floodgates last October with its report about producer Harvey Weinstein’s atrocious history of sexual harassment, there has been a torrent of accusations, ranging from the trivial to the […]

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Was the Unibomber right?

By Keith Ablow Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, was rightly imprisoned for life in 1998 for sending bombs that maimed and killed three people and injured 23 more, from 1978 to 1992. No one can excuse his terrorism. Kaczynski’s ideas, however, described in a manifesto entitled, “Industrial Society and Its Future,” cannot be dismissed, and […]

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WikiLeaks claims the media is persecuting Julian Assange, promoting U.S. extradition

By Kristinn Hrafnsson Two weeks ago, The Guardian published a “bombshell” front-page story asserting, without producing any evidence, that Julian Assange had secretly met the recently convicted former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The Guardian‘s attack on Assange came only days after it was confirmed that he has been […]

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More on the gig economy: There’s a difference between existing and living

CuencaHighLife reader Karl Sweetman submitted an op-ed piece, Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules, recently that received wide readership and many comments. The article itself was very well composed, orderly and, unfortunately, a clear presentation of a point of view I find very unsettling it its moral and ethical implications, fraught with real danger. […]

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Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules

By Karl Sweetman In a recent CuencaHighLife article about independent contractors competing against licensed cabbies, author Robert Bradley took the subject and enlarged it into a broader discussion lamenting the emerging “gig economy” and its effects. Since the position Bradley staked out is only a small part of a much larger battle of ideas, I […]

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Sneaky phone apps are ripping off customers

By Sarah Perez Subscriptions have turned into a booming business for app developers, accounting for $10.6 billion in consumer spend on the App Store in 2017, and are poised to grow to $75.7 billion by 2022. But alongside this healthy growth, a number of scammers are now taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick […]

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Correa blasts Moreno, accuses him of orchestrating a ‘soft coup’ against democracy

By Rafael Correa Can you imagine a “democracy” in which the president handpicks a council that proceeds to dismiss the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council which oversees the judiciary, the National Electoral Council, the Attorney General, the ombudsman, and all six major regulators (superintendents)? Unfortunately, that is the current situation in Ecuador. Abusing participatory democracy, […]

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Is it morally wrong to believe something that is not based on hard evidence?

By Francisco Mejia Uribe You have probably never heard of William Kingdon Clifford. He is not in the pantheon of great philosophers – perhaps because his life was cut short at the age of 33 – but I cannot think of anyone whose ideas are more relevant for our interconnected, AI-driven, digital age. It might […]

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