Even looking at the last decade alone, one can see that Russia has pursued a pro-American technology policy, inviting many Silicon Valley giants to set up shop in its own equivalent of Silicon Valley, Skolkovo. The war in Ukraine changed all that, with Russians reversing their efforts to integrate themselves into Western networks and institutions and instead rushing to lessen their dependence on American and European partners and reclaim their sovereignty—in finance and food, but also technology.
The 2016 Republican Party platform stipulates “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights.” The God the drafters refer to is one widely believed to have given mankind dominion over the natural world, not one who would deign to give the natural world rights. To give rights to oceans or octopi, then, would be (. . .) an affront to the “natural right” to property best personified today by the Republican Party’s new leader, real estate mogul Donald Trump.
• Baffler friend and contributor Neda Semnani interviews Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious, and they touch on many themes close to our steely heart: leaning in, depression, mindfulness, the self-help industry . . .
• “Trump calls up the Trump in people that don’t like him.”