Mitch McConnell's risky bet could strategically bankrupt the GOP

Official portrait of Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator from Kentucky

Once again, this time with feeling: Mitch McConnell is bad at his job. To be sure, the Senate minority leader is good at obstruction.1 He's good at breaking the rules to win. But otherwise, when it comes to coalition-building, deal-making and "bringing home the bacon," McConnell can't hold a candle to true political masters, like Nancy Pelosi.

The things McConnell is good at, which are bad, may end up being bad for him and the Republicans, which is good. Why? Because "the political paradigm," as I wrote Monday, is shifting so that everything everyone thought was bad over the last four decades is going to seem good in the near term, while everything everyone thought was good over the same period is going to seem bad. The best way of illustrating this is by calling attention to the fact that we're talking about raising taxes. A frontpage headline in the Sunday Times: "Democrats Seek to Raise Taxes on the Richest."

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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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