Inside Facebook’s “cult-like” workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time. How secrecy fuels Facebook paranoia. Social media is rotting democracy from within: How social platforms enable far-right politicians’ campaigns to undermine democracy. An anti-Facebook manifesto, by an early Facebook investor: Tom Bissell reviews Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee. Megathread of Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no-good eternity. Mark Zuckerberg gives the best-case scenario for Facebook — here’s the worst case. The facts about Facebook: Zuckerberg wants to redefine “transparency, choice and control” — let's not give him consent.

Most Americans don’t know how much Facebook knows about them. We should be able to take Facebook to court: A privacy violation is a real harm. Facebook won’t fix itself: Facebook keeps saying it will do better — then doesn’t. This time, Facebook is not apologizing for the latest scandal. Facebook posts record $6.9 billion profit despite privacy scandals. A simple, yet radical solution to solve Facebook’s problems. “It’s crucial to break up Facebook”: Asher Schechter interviews Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age.

Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Taking Back Control? The Future of Western Democratic Capitalism. From New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Heather Perez reviews The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present and Future of a National Treasure by Dominick Mazzagetti. The polar vortex is bringing life-threatening wind chills — but are cold snaps deadlier than heat waves? Midwest temperature change is no match for these seven major temperature swings in history. Workers missed two paychecks during the government shutdown — that would be an emergency for many Americans (and more and more). Harry Brighouse on Erik Olin Wright, the thinker and the person (and more). Europe needs to show Britain the door: Continuing British membership in the European Union would be poisonous. Here’s why the attack on Jussie Smollett is so devastating for the Black queer community.

Political moderation needs to be saved from the madness of Howard Schultz: An egomaniacal billionaire is the opposite of everything good about moderate thinking (and more and more). Meet Maurice Duverger, the dead Frenchman who proved that Howard Schultz is an arrogant twit (and more). Brian Beutler on Howard Schultz and the plutocrat revolt. Should billionaires even exist? Turns out Americans actually do want to tax the rich. Meet the folk hero of Davos: Dylan Matthews interviews Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists, who told the rich to stop dodging taxes. Our fundamental fiscal problem isn’t too much spending — it’s not enough revenue. When it comes to the 2020 election, Wall Street can’t have it all.