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Liberal Pacification and the Phenomenology of Violence

The spread of liberal institutions does not decrease violence but transforms it. We call this process liberal pacification.

Artificial Intelligence, Rationality, and the World Wide Web

Why humans can't rest but superintelligent AIs might

Inequality and the Pacification of Militant Protest in the United States, 1919-2012

To generate the graph below, you need two data files. The first is yearly income decile data from Piketty (2014), which should be named “Inequality_USA.csv.” The second is the Cross-National Time-Series data from Banks and Wilson (2017), which should be called “2017 Edition CNTSDATA.csv.” Finally, the code snippet below should be in a file called “Baron_et_al-ISQ.R” — that will be an R script that compiles the two datasets before producing the figure from our article.

Who’s afraid of free speech in the United States?

The pushback against political correctness has led to overly hasty generalizations about leftist opposition to free speech. Survey data tell some surprising stories.

The moral foundations of social justice warriors

Are Social Justice Warriors a real ideological faction of the Left, with a unique moral psychology? The first in a multi-part series using 'big data' to understand obscure ideological subcultures.

What Does It Mean to Make-Up the Mind (οὕτω διανοεῖσθε)?

Drawing on ancient Greek religion, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault, I show Plato's *Republic* to be a topological solution to the problem that philosophical theory relies on political forces.

What is the effect of comparing Donald Trump to Hitler?

Critics of U.S. President Donald Trump frequently compare him to Adolf Hitler. Does comparing Trump to Hitler decrease support for his policies? We conducted a survey experiment to investigate the causal effect of a Hitler comparison on support for a Trump policy.

Data appendix on global rioting dynamics

Supplementary information for my article on the hidden decline of rioting.

Are Americans becoming more conservative or liberal (right or left)?

Conservatism, racism, and white nationalism are not increasing. It's social liberalism that is taking over.