(1) “From 1958 to 1961, conservative racial views strongly predict Democratic identification among Southern whites, a correlation that disappears after President Kennedy introduces sweeping Civil Rights legislation in 1963. We find that defection among racially conservative whites explains all of the decline in relative white Southern Democratic identification between 1958 and 1980.”
(5) “Under civil forfeiture laws, police can take someone’s property without proving the person was guilty of a crime …. The law then allows police to absorb the value of this property … as profit …. And to get this property back, a person has to go through a lengthy, complicated, and often expensive legal process — and may not succeed at all.”
(1) “[W]orld religions are associated with … the promotion of ‘slow’ behaviours such as altruism, self-regulation and monogamy … and the condemnation of ‘fast’ behaviours such as selfishness, conspicuous sexuality and materialism.”
(3) “According to McKinsey, as much as 45 percent of the activities that people are paid to perform today could be automated …. Once robots can accurately process and understand natural languages, an additional 13 percent of work activities in the U.S. could be automated, they say.”
(5) Pew finds that from 2007 to 2014, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated Americans increased from 16% to 23%. That’s 7% in 7 years, which, if true, is a really fast shift.
(2) “The Republican Party’s core socioeconomic voting groups are wealthier households and businesses, both of which benefit when social welfare is provided through the tax code rather than through explicit spending.”