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Ethereum’s Final ‘Merge’ Test Succeeds. Here’s What it Means for Regulation

Ethereum is one step closer to its hyped 'proof of stake' model. On Wednesday night, the final Ethereum testnet, Goerli (named after a train station in Berlin), completed a successful transition from a proof-of-work to...

Government Cryptos and Smartphone IDs: How Ukraine Engineered the New Digital State to Survive

Ukraine may be repelling a ground invasion reminiscent of Otto Von Bismarck’s old Europe — but Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government is rapidly embracing emerging technology to streamline military and administrative operations.     In July, Ukraine’s Ministry of...

Did George Bush Reveal Lacan’s ‘Big Other’ With Iraq-Ukraine Snafu? 

In a viral snafu blasted from branded political stage through social media pathways, George W. Bush compared Russia’s attack on Ukraine to the United States’ invasion of Iraq.  “The result is an absence of checks...
Pandemic After COVID

U.S. Intelligence Agency Warns of ‘New Pandemic’ After COVID

A new global pandemic could emerge after COVID, according to U.S. Intelligence agencies. "Countries globally remain vulnerable to the emergence of a novel pathogen that could cause a devastating new pandemic," writes the Office of...

Hacking, Crackdowns, and FOMO: Paradox Politics’ 2022 Crypto Predictions

2021 was the year crypto went mainstream. NFTs minted Beeple and Bored Apes into cultural reference points. Mark Zuckerberg renamed Facebook 'Meta' to reflect plans to dominate the Metaverse. And El Salvador recognized Bitcoin as...

Meta Bans Israeli ‘Cyber Mercenaries’ That Targeted Journalists, Palestinians, and Activists

Meta has banned from its platform four 'cyber mercenary' firms headquartered in Israel, which the company says conducted surveillance on human rights activists, journalists, and "critics of authoritarian regimes."  “These companies are part of a...

These Were Paradox Politics’ Most Popular Stories in 2021

Since launching in February, Paradox Politics has published a plethora of theory, commentary, and reporting. We've interviewed luminaries such as Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker, scoured Pentagon reports on how the U.S. military will...

Is the Psychedelia Enlightenment Train Just Another Corporate Control Mechanism?

The global economy mirrors an acid trip. With the ongoing labor shortage, the persistence of meme stocks, and simultaneous emerging markets (including one for psychedelics), a collective euphoria is underway in what has been dubbed...

Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker Believes Humanity Is Entering a Post-Scarcity Period 

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is siding with contrarian optimists: Humanity is entering a post-scarcity economy, rather than a pre-scarcity paradigm.  “If I was forced to come down on one side or the other, I would...

How the Catholic Church and McDonald’s Transform Genius Into Real Estate Empires

Underneath Michelangelo’s the “Creation of Adam” fresco in the Sistine Chapel, an African cardinal in a COVID-era mask beckons dozens of tourists passing through the country of God. “Silence,” says the religious figure. Europeans in American...