Top Historians rank the worst presidents ever...

I'm not usually given to liberal porn like this. Rankings of worst or best presidents or assessments of the relative mental health of followers, are fun, but usually fatally flawed or otherwise unserious. But there's a certain gravitas to this ranking due to its age: 58, the man writing about it: Eric Foner, and the paper publishing the story: the Washington Post.

Here's a snippet, plucked from context: ...slashed income and corporate taxes and supported employers' campaigns to eliminate unions. Members of their administrations received kickbacks and bribes from lobbyists and businessmen. "Never before, here or anywhere else," declared the Wall Street Journal, "has a government been so completely fused with business."

Aside from the fact that the WSJ's current editorial board routinely applauds this kind of behavior, it's notable for the disturbing similarity to our current dear leader.

Or how about this:

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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