The following resources are especially helpful in learning how to Filter the Feed:
What America is like now and how it is supposed to be are radically different. See for yourself what the government is allowed to do, and what it is prohibited from doing in The Constitution of the United States, and why the founders desired to create a new country in The Declaration of Independence.
Although the Constitution was written so that literate people could understand it, the founders knew there might be a need for further explanation. The Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers explain their thoughts.
There are many philosophies and schools of thought out there. In my opinion, Objectivism is the most rational, comprehensive,well organized, and consistent. You can find out about it through many of Ayn Rand’s books, or take a convenient shortcut via The Ayn Rand Lexicon.
Not sure if you are you liberal, conservative, libertarian, or what? Find out by taking the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
If you want to know what is going on in the world,why it is happening, and what it means, the news is a good place to start, but it will only take you so far. To become better informed about the state of the planet, I check StratFor almost daily. Much of their content is behind a premium barrier, but you may be able to get access through your employer (I do) or through your local library.
If you want to keep up with the daily back-and-forth in Washington, D.C. without theme music, distracting “Breaking News” tickers, and glib panelists, check out Jaimee Dupree’s blog.
To get a non-liberal/non-conservative viewpoint on the issues of the day, you could to worse than peruse Reason.
Magicians Penn and Teller’s show Bullsh*t debunks all kinds of conspiracies, scams, and misinformation in a very entertaining, NSFW format.
John Stossel‘s show on Fox Business does much the same in a more traditional journalistic format.
While Ayn Rand’s Objectivism is a complete philosophy, it is not the only philosophy that espouses reason and rationality. In a much simpler form, the doctrine of juris naturalism proposes that there are two natural laws of human civilization. The first law is to do everything you have agreed to do; the second is to not encroach upon other people or their property. Societies that recognize and incorporate these two laws genarally have fared much better than those that have not. Richard Maybury is an articulate proponent of juris naturalism. His Uncle Eric book series and his Early Warning Report newsletter do a great deal to Filter the Feed of economics, geopolitics, investing, history, and psychology through the lens of juris naturalism.