IMPUNITY COMES HOME TO ROOST
If you look up elite impunity on Google Scholar, you will find a lot of research on countries that the United States imagines itself to be better than. Elite impunity is a generally a sign that things are going wrong in society. Unfortunately, there's plenty of it on display right here in America.
THE LAST TWITTER CENSUS
This open-access report compares two large random samples of Twitter accounts that tweet in English: one taken just before Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October 2022, and one taken three months later, in January 2023. It also examines several related datasets collected during the period following the acquisition, a period in which, the study found, new accounts were created at a record-breaking pace.
Academics usually define extremism as a set of beliefs that fall outside the norms of the society in which they are situated, but entire societies have at times been organized around recognizably extreme beliefs. This paper will examine the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sandford, 60 US 393 (1856), aka the Dred Scott decision, which ruled that Black people, whether enslaved or free, were entitled to no rights under the Constitution.
The paper analyzes the Dred Scott decision to consider whether and how it implements and institutionalizes many widely recognized tropes of extremist ideology. The paper will conclude with a discussion of empirical frameworks that can enable and empower the study of lawful extremism.
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featured research from around the Web on extremism, technology and online harms, including new data on who purchased guns during the pandemic, fact-checking, and the fictional nature of social media engagement metrics.
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