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@mindhog It's definitely true that governors and presidents have grabbed far too much power through emergency decrees, and voters, legislators, and Congress have let them get away with it or even encouraged it because it lets them avoid responsibility.

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@mindhog When an emergency declaration reduces government control, I'll take it. Qualified people with licenses from other states will now be able to work in NY.

The sheer audacity of declaring a statewide emergency to combat the unintended consequences of your previous executive order is simply mind-blowing.
thehill.com/homenews/state-wat

So we've finally ended the 35 year long stupid, racist sentencing disparity between crack and powdered cocaine. A disparity that started with a bill that was co-sponsored by our own Joe Biden.
reason.com/2021/09/28/house-pa

I've proposed that today, 9/11, be celebrated as "blowback day." Let none forget the costs of empire.

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@sofia @rysiek This. "Decentralized" is a much better word, IMO, though I suppose some would consider it too broad. But the point in both cases is: who gets to choose?

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@rysiek it's not really about if there is regulation, but who regulates:

youtube.com/watch?v=1v13giidEm
fee.org/resources/regulation-r

i guess with trust it's kinda similar. i think the term "trustless" infrastructure is bad and misleading. it's should not be about trusting noone, but about not being at the mercy of stranger's servers and DNS and CA cartels. instead choosing instututions and management that we actually trust.

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Good opinion piece arguing that crypto is ultimately good for the USD:
Niall Ferguson: Nixon, the Gold Standard and a Bitcoin Bonanza - Bloomberg
bloomberg.com/opinion/articles

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@mindhog I went into a Staples today. The sign at the door "recommended" masks for everyone, but I don't think anyone was wearing one.

I may be wrong on this, but I suspect that attempts by Biden and the CDC to reinstate masking and lockdowns will not take hold.
When the CDC declared "masks unnecessary for the vaccinated" in May, everything changed within days in my town -- we abruptly went from masks everywhere indoors to dropped requirements and a handful of people wearing them. It's been a few days since the CDC revised it's guidance, and I'm not seeing any sense of urgency this time around.

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RT @TheAbridgedZach: Let's deny masks work, then mandate masks, then never differentiate between medical grade n95 masks & pieces of cloth, then mask only children for a bit, then reimpose universal mask mandates on vaccinated people and then ask why trust in institutions is crumbling.

This article on on Republican legislatures undermining ballot initiatives unintentionally illustrates both the good and bad of democracy. On the one hand, it's very good at getting rid of bad laws that affect the majority (like marijuana prohibition). On the other hand, it allows majorities to enact legislation to the detriment of minorities (ala expanding public education through taxes on "the wealthy")
politico.com/news/2021/07/21/r

The obvious answer to this is to institute some form of ranked-choice voting. Since this now exists in a number of jurisdictions (most notably at the state level in Maine and Alaska) we need only wait and see what effect this has.

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The other reform we should be focusing on is one that neither party is likely to embrace on their own: the two party system has obviously become toxic and is one of the major forces that is tearing our nation apart.
We need more political alternatives, and these have proven difficult to cultivate in winner-take-all elections.

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While the Republican efforts are closer to addressing this specific problem, they don't really nail it: we need to develop an election system that is more transparent and fraud resistant.

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It seems pretty clear from the aftermath of the past two US presidential elections that there are a lot of people who don't trust the integrity of the election process.
Whether election fraud is widespread or not, it seems like this is the main problem that we should be addressing. You can't sell people on the benefits of democracy if they don't trust it.

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There's a lot of focus right now from both the D and R parties on election reform. Both seem to focus mostly on ballot access, with the Dem initiatives striving to increase it and the Rep initiatives seeking to limit it.
Obviously, both are shallow attempts to make voting laws advantageous to the parties pushing them. But what should we be doing?

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