How maps confirm anti-migrant bias

'Battlefield maps' show continent under attack from hostile invaders.

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  • Maps aren't objective. And migration maps aren't innocent.
  • Consciously or not, their content and form can confirm anti-migrant prejudices.
  • Alternative mapping options are available – but perhaps the answer isn't a map at all.
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Politics really do alter your perception of reality

According to Harvard economists, Democrats and Republicans both perceive reality very wrong.

  • A working paper by Harvard economists shows how political perceptions deform our understanding of otherwise verifiable facts.
  • Both Democrat and Republicans overestimate social mobility, underestimate the top tax bracket, and have no clue what's happening with foreign-born citizens.
  • The researchers hope their findings will help us understand how to intervene in the cycle of misinformation.
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    Are these the fracture lines that will break the EU?

    Europe's border closures due to coronavirus go against a fundamental freedom enshrined in the Schengen Agreement.

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    • Most EU members have shut their borders to limit coronavirus infection.
    • While understandable, it also goes against one of Europe's most fundamental freedoms.
    • In the longer run, these border closures could threaten the very existence of the EU itself.

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    What authority should government have over our actions?

    The ability to interact peacefully and voluntarily provides individuals a better quality of life.

    • In classical liberal philosophy, voluntary action says the scope of legitimate government authority is extremely narrow.
    • While not all classical liberals agree on immigration policy, the question remains: What right does a government have to stop someone from moving to another country should they so choose?
    • As an immigrant, himself, Georgetown University professor Peter Jaworski invites us to consider the freest countries in the world and examine the economic freedom and civil liberties their citizens enjoy.

    'Universal basic income is a brilliant idea'. Here's why.

    The welfare state is broken. UBI is the smarter, more effective option.

    • The welfare state is an ineffective and expensive system that hurts and targets the poor more than it helps. Universal basic income is a better alternative that could work.
    • The question becomes, then, where would the money for UBI come from? There are a myriad of reasons why UBI via taxes would be a bad idea. Instead, we should look to socially produced capital.
    • Companies rely on people to be successful, so a percentage of all shares of all companies should go into a public equity trust and the dividends should be distributed to every member of society equally.

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