Paul Krugman Destroys Conservative Arguments on Job Creation - And Reveals Surprising Reason People Move South

Paul Krugman has a great deal of fun in today's column poking giant holes in Rick Perry's claims that conservative politics are the reason for Texas's success in creating jobs. In fact, he systematically debunks all those familiar right-wing arguments that avoiding regulations that interfere with business and keeping taxes low on rich people—so-called job creators—are why Sunbelt states with conservative governments seem to be growing jobs and attracting migrants. "It turns out that there are big problems with this story," Krugman writes, "quite aside from the habit economists pushing this line have of getting their facts wrong."

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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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