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Reactions to Trump: which movie are we in?

If alarmed reactions to Trump were movies, here are the plots: "Let's focus, focus, focus, on the 2018 elections and wrestle power back from this pack of thieves at the next opportunity". Starring: a posse of Young Democrats. "This is the fight of our lives to protect the republic. The shining city on a hill…

Upgrading Democracy — Reflections on Today’s Unconference in Palo Alto

Does anybody still think that today's "democracy" doesn't need substantial improvements? Hardly... but it's difficult to figure out just what we need to improve and how. So I was heartened to see the announcement of an unconference (my favorite form of conference) in Palo Alto on the subject of "Upgrading Democracy". It took place earlier…

What does Steve Bannon want?

Steve Bannon, right-hand man of Donald, and likely the brains of the outfit, is on the record for stating his goal as: I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. Everything that has happened in the past few months is completely consistent with this goal. But: what exactly does he…

Stop. Reboot. A New Beginning.

I almost closed this blog today, January 1, 2017. Upon2020.com had been intended as an optimistic outlook into a beautiful, technology-enabled future. Instead, 7 years after I started this blog, we are sliding further and further into a scary, technology-enabled dystopia. How could I continue? Civil liberties are under assault everywhere. Constitutional rights have come…