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Reality Sandwich is Expanding!

Reality Sandwich is running a Kickstarter campaign to revamp the website into a real time digital think tank.  When they mentioned this thing was starting it hit a brain overflowing with Santa Muerte research, and, as you might imagine, La Nina Blanca is an odd prelude to considerations of the digital economy and interactive web platforms.

The concepts met in an strange and awkward dance until reading sociologist Bernardo Barranco I was reminded that She is the patron saint of the marginal economy and black market. This struck a chord with me when ruminating on digital culture turned to an abstract personal reverie. Back in the 90′s interacting with websites like Disinfo.com, GreyLodge.org, and other forerunners to Reality Sandwich, felt like accessing digital gates to the black market of ideas. William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Robert Anton Wilson, and a whole host of others  were just a contact away if you were chatting on the message boards.… Read the rest

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Jill Stein’s Green New Deal, Think Tanks Run Congress

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin highlights a few of the most influential Think Tanks and policy groups that have created a revolving door between the government, multinational corporations, and media groups. Abby then talks to Mark Dice, media analyst, and author of ‘Big Brother: Orwellian Nightmare Come True’ about the individuals running and funding the “Think Tanks” drafting US policies. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President about the Green New Deal and breaking out of the ‘lesser of two evils’ mentality.

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Save the Cato Institute, Save the World?

CatoJustin Logan writes at Foreign Policy:

Why do think tanks exist? Are they really, as the common phrase goes, “universities without students?” Are they just places where aspiring government officials can do the spadework for their next run at being appointed deputy secretary of something or other? Or perhaps they’ve stepped into the void created by what some have termed the “cult of irrelevance” in the academy, which used to be a source of advice about public policy but has become too abstruse and method-intensive to be of much use to harried policymakers?

I’ve had ample reason to ponder the subject, considering that the think tank at which I work, the Cato Institute, is currently defending itself from a hostile takeover attempt by Charles and David Koch, two billionaire industrialists who are intensely involved in partisan politics. (For those who don’t know, Cato’s mission is to “increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.” This libertarian orientation frequently puts us at odds with both political parties.)

Here’s the quick and dirty on what’s happening.

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