Should universities be held accountable for student debt?

On the first episode of The Portal, Eric Weinstein and Peter Thiel discuss the future of education.

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  • On his new podcast, The Portal, Eric Weinstein dives into student debt and the function of universities with Peter Thiel.
  • Weinstein floats the idea of a college equivalence degree (CED) through an online testing system.
  • Thiel notes that if you don't pay off your student debt by age 65, the government garnishes your social security checks.
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What big history says about how royal women exercise power

New research compares the roles and political clout of royal women in eight societies spanning five continents and more than 4,000 years.

Eleanor of Aquitaine is often portrayed as one of the most powerful queens in history.

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Culture & Religion

No, Mr. Putin, liberalism is not dead

Когда рак на горе свистнет.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated that liberalism has "outlived its purpose."
  • Research suggests, however, that liberal ideals — among them, democracy, individual agency, and economic freedom — are not only on the rise but improve the wellbeing of people living in countries that support them.
  • Recent challenges to liberalism are serious but have not overpowered the liberal tradition.
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How the Spanish press became corrupted

A new book from the former editor of El Mundo describes a culture of corruption in Spain's press. In exchange for favorable coverage of politicians and corporations, bribes.

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  • David Jiménez, former editor of El Mundo, recently published a book called El Director that describes the rampant corruption he saw while running the newspaper.
  • The corruption of Spanish press is symptomatic of a larger issue with corruption that is on-going in Spain.
  • Most recently, the People's Party was ousted from power after a massive corruption scandal, leading to the rise of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party. However, whether El Mundo can escape from the culture of corruption it experienced under the previous regime remains to be seen.
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Is globalization doomed? Economist Michael O'Sullivan believes so.

Why one expert believes it is knocking on death's door.

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  • Michael O'Sullivan's book The Levelling declares that the end of globalization is near.
  • In its wake, he believes the world will become a place of multipolarity, bereft of a central guiding international force of control.
  • These new poles of power will take on unique and divergent political and cultural ways of doing things.
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