Should Knowledge Be Free?…


Research_Adversity
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Date: May 21, 2021

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“Should academic research be behind paywalls? Researchers and peer reviewers earn nothing for their work, and yet academic publishers boast enormous profit margins every year from subscription fees to journals. Especially during a global pandemic, is it right for scientific research to be pay-to-read?

Sci-Hub is an illegal website that offers almost all academic publications for free, created by Alexandra Elbakyan, who I interview in this video. Aaron Swartz, like Alexandra, felt that information should be freely available on the Internet. He ended his own life after being charged with wire fraud, because he illegally downloaded academic articles from JSTOR.

What is the way forward? Pre-prints? Researchgate?”

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Trump and Kushner BLASTED For “Mission Accomplished” Moment As Gaza Burns…

Date: May 21, 2021

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“I’m going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things — if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t,” Trump claimed in 2019.

“Nobel Peace, can you imagine?” Trump said in Sept. 2020. That month he continued to brag about himself on Twitter almost two dozen times.

But as Israelis and Palestinians are firing rockets at each other, it has become clear that the grand Middle East peace promise never really happened.

Citation:
https://www.rawstory.com/jared-kushner-abraham-accords-peace/

I don’t know about the Nobel Peace Prize…but, this seems fare more fitting…

Congratulations to “The Donald”!

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Norm Finkelstein Destroys Pro-Israel Talking Points…

Date: May 21, 2021

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“Norm Finkelstein joins the show once again and this time responds to the frequently asked questions or frequently made arguments in defense of Israel like, “Doesn’t Israel have the right to defend itself?”; “Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians and look what happened.” ;”Hamas is firing rockets and uses people as human shields. What is Israel supposed to do?”

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America’s Dumbest Congressman Suddenly Becomes Self-Aware…

Date: May 21, 2021

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“We were doing better on our SATs until president Carter created a department of education,” Rep Gohmert told the House, “[and] when I took it I did very well, it got me into the honours program at [Texas] A&M”.

“I’m sure that shocks people that think I’m the dumbest guy in Congress”.

Citation:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/louis-gohmert-dumbest-guy-congress-b1851356.html

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Bourgeois Overproduction and the Problem of the Fake Elite…

Date: May 21, 2021

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“The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 36

Elite overproduction is a concept that was forwarded by the anthropologist Peter Turchin to attempt to explain some part of why we face growing social instability in today’s society. This is an insightful concept that deserves serious consideration in our present circumstances. It is characterized by a society engaging in practices, like sending too many people to college or for advanced degrees, that create conditions for potential elites to end up underemployed and underaccomplished in the existing socioeconomic power structure of society, and it breeds resentment in this class of people. Indeed, it generates a bourgeoisie, which in turn generates social instability due to the overproliferation of their values and, eventually, ressentiment. In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, James Lindsay walks through the idea of elite overproduction to focus in on the operant problem that it leads to, bourgeois overproduction, and posits that this problem is the seat of the Woke menace and many of the large-scale ills that have arisen in similar form over the past few centuries in prosperous societies. He also discusses the ways in which the Marxian characterization of the bourgeoisie was imprecise in a way that led to identifying something akin to this problem while misdiagnosing its true foundations (or his own role in it). Join him for a detailed discussion of this phenomenon.”

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