What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

Book: The FBI used ‘dirty tricks’ to target Black artists

For decades, the FBI kept tabs Black writers, artists, and activists, with agents reading their work closely and even creating their own misleading works.

Liam Otten-WUSTL • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history art literature surveillance government society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

In 20 big cities, police rules fall short of human rights law

A new report finds that, in 20 of the biggest cities in the United States, police use-of-force policies don't meet international human rights standards.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities united-states human-rights government featured society-and-culture violence laws police-departments

In America’s big cities, police rules fall short of human rights law

A new report finds that, in 20 of the biggest cities in the United States, police use-of-force policies don't meet international human rights standards.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities united-states human-rights government featured society-and-culture violence laws police-departments

Quick-fix policy won’t dismantle systemic racism

"Solutions [to systemic racism] that seem simple are the ones that get the attention. But those easy fixes are also what's comfortable for the institution..."

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: united-states racism government featured society-and-culture laws race-and-ethnicity

Action averted 530 million COVID-19 infections

Have policies aimed at avoiding COVID-19 infections worked? "I don't think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time."

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses government infections featured health-and-medicine

State-level R&D tax credits spur growth of new businesses

Study also finds tax breaks for general business investment have slightly negative effect on innovation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: startups economics policy research government innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

Opinion: the learning of scientific advisers is the other curve to consider

Policymakers around the world are relying on the expertise of scientists to help make decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do scientists learn to advise policymakers? Noam Obermeister from Cambridge’s Department of Geography argues that this has been overlooked in the past, and suggests how studying their learning might help us prepare for future emergencies.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policy government policymaker

US founders feared distrust would undo democracy

"The fate of democracy has always depended on the balance of power between those who rule and those who are ruled."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history trust united-states government democracy featured society-and-culture

1-day delay in social distancing led to 2.4 days of COVID spread

A new study highlights "direct, data-driven evidence that the timing of interventions has a substantial impact on how long an outbreak lasts..."

Esther Robards-Forbes-Texas • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities covid-19 viruses government featured health-and-medicine

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