Links 2016-09-06

Some food for political thought, ranging from the IT perspective to the global economy.

  • What Amazon Learned From Microsoft
    SaaS is the new proprietary. Truly the AWS Console is this generation’s Visual Studio.
  • What is Google Up To?
    This has led us to a curious but reasoned inference, that Google is not always acting as a business in the conventional capitalist sense. The company’s motives at times appear to have a broader agenda, better described in social, even artistic terms, rather than exclusively business terms.
  • A lesson in social engineering: president debates
    There is no debate, there is only social engineering.
  • America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny
    The freedom in that democracy has to be experienced to be believed — with shame and privilege in particular emerging over time as anathema. But it is inherently unstable. […] And it is when a democracy has ripened as fully as this, Plato argues, that a would-be tyrant will often seize his moment.
  • How American Politics Went Insane
    Chaos syndrome is a chronic decline in the political system’s capacity for self-organization. It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
  • The end of capitalism has begun
    Capitalism, it turns out, will not be abolished by forced-march techniques. It will be abolished by creating something more dynamic that exists, at first, almost unseen within the old system, but which will break through, reshaping the economy around new values and behaviours.
  • The Age of Disorder
    Authoritarianism, mercantilism, and nationalism are beginning to replace democracy, capitalism, and internationalism.

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