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I need some heroes.

I'm looking for reading material written by or about political, progressive scientists who had/have productive technical careers as well as being politically active, and who saw/see their research in the context of political activism. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Culture and groupthink.

Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Mar 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Hivemind suggestions for a newbie

Graphicnovelfilter : I am very much a novice when it comes to graphic novels but have enjoyed the realist works of Joe Sacco (The Fixer & Palestine) and The Burma Chronicles (Guy Delise) initially kickstarted along time ago by my stumbling upon Harvey Pekar (American Splendour). What other graphic novels of this nature should I be tracking down? I'm interested in International Relations / Politics / History / Travel / Journalism / Espionage - as well as more esoteric perspectives on the world - so anything ticking these boxes would be great.
posted by numberstation on Mar 21, 2012 - 26 answers

Alabama primary: Gingrich or Santorum?

To help Obama win, do I vote for Santorum or Gingrich? I'm an anarchist/socialist living in Alabama, where crossover voting is permitted. I'm looking for sound logic and effective strategy. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Mar 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Book recommendations

Books/Autobiographies which inspire? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration.

What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
posted by espada0 on Mar 6, 2012 - 24 answers

What are the arguments against trade union influence in Australian politics?

Could someone please explain to me the arguments against and counter-arguments for the role of unions in the Australian Labor Party? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 4, 2012 - 3 answers

What questions should I ask at a panel discussion after a showing of "Inside Job"?

After showing the 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job at a college, what questions would you ask a follow-on panel comprised of Occupy Wall Street activists, Ron Paul Republicans, economics/business professors, and business owners? [more inside]
posted by Roach on Mar 3, 2012 - 5 answers

What can I do about privatisation and cuts in the UK, other than protest?

I'm very angry about what's happening in the UK right now, including-but-not-limited-to: the unnecessarily savage and unequal budget cuts, the privatisation of our education, health and police systems, the scapegoating of vulnerable groups and the dishonesty and cynicism of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians involved. Other than protesting, what active, concrete action can I take to fight or correct these wrongs? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Applied Feminism 101

This political campaign season has brought it to my attention that sexism is alive and well in America. Instead of sitting around with my blood boiling, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

I think I'm losing my mind

I still have my eyesight (for now), but the diagnosis has triggered serious anger and midlife crisis issues. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 25, 2012 - 23 answers

What do you 'like' on Facebook?

What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
posted by Artaud on Feb 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it really possible to 'steal' the nomination?

I keep reading rumors of Ron Paul supporters sneaking their delegates into state conventions. How plausible is it that Ron Paul can get the nomination with this strategy? And if it can't get the nomination, what can he do with all the extra delegates?
posted by empath on Feb 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Walrustitty for Leicester

Why do Commonwealth countries and provinces name their parliamentary constituencies, and why do American state legislatures and Congress tend to number them?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Feb 8, 2012 - 25 answers

reasonable, calm poltical forums?

Are there any political forums where reasonable conservatives discuss politics with reasonable liberals?
posted by goethean on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

how to support a candidate

What are some good ways I can support a candidate? [more inside]
posted by udon on Feb 3, 2012 - 10 answers

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world?

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com on Jan 31, 2012 - 43 answers

Where can I find long essays?

I'm looking for substantive essays focused on US politics and society, preferably published in periodical form. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't know how to play this game

Do you have tips or resources that would help an overly earnest "nice guy" type navigate political maneuverings at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Maps for a political race?

I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Free PACs for Everyone

Is there any cost involved with starting a Political Action Committee? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I show you that I love you?

What would the modern America Sickle and Hammer look like? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jan 25, 2012 - 28 answers

Is the a third option?

How can I reconcile a vote for Obama given his human rights mis-steps? [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card on Jan 19, 2012 - 49 answers

How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?

Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 answers

The UK Rump State

What would be the future of the British state without Scotland? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Where'd that water come from?

Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2012 - 1 answer

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Website that summarizes current political issues?

Is there a website that can briefly summarize current political issues and why each party is for or against?
posted by cwarmy on Dec 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Inventing a promotion. Possible?

Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I make the most out of a meeting with women politicians on the subject of women's representation in parliament?

How do I make the most out of a meeting with women politicians on the subject of women's representation in parliament? [more inside]
posted by kishky on Dec 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations?

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Dec 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Which tool do I need?

Looking for a social media tool that allows visitors to our website to sign & send a pre-written email (and to possibly add their own comments or edits as well, but that's not 100% necessary) to a group of local politicians. I've seen things like this many many times on social and political campaign websites, but have no idea if there's an out-of-the-box solution or if we need to hire someone to write it. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Dec 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Current displays of captured enemy weapons?

What are some examples of countries displaying "captured weapons" or war planes, etc, of any enemy country and then turning them into a tourist attraction? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Dec 9, 2011 - 26 answers

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind?

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on Nov 29, 2011 - 43 answers

Looking for a rebuttal to this argument about unions.

Please point me to rebuttals to the argument that public employee unions have an inherent conflict-of-interest because union members vote for their own bosses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Nov 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How far do we have to go?

To be part of the so-called 1% If based on income, how much do you have to make? If based on assets, how much do you have to have?
posted by yclipse on Nov 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Independent blogs

Looking for some independent political blogs on US politics [more inside]
posted by rryan on Nov 13, 2011 - 12 answers

I've made a huge tiny mistake

Should I run away from the job I just got because a to-be-coworker's wife is sending up danger signs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 36 answers

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood?

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me be an educated voter.

Where can I find a summary of candidates for the next election? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Good political debate podcasts?

What are some good political debate podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the volunteer-to-job path in politics?

Is volunteering for a political campaign a good way to get a political job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 25 answers

A 1 percent for your thoughts.

How much money do you have to make to be in "the top 1 percent", in world terms? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Alternatives to term limits

Are there any countries that have mandatory waiting periods between elected office stints? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to wring the science out of the dismal science.

I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

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