Category: Society

The right-wing populist movements here and in the UK are driven by anger. They justify disruption of the present system because it is seen as not working for people. They do not respect law and tradition when they stand in …

How the Populist Movements Compare to the Hippies Read More »

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Why do we believe what we believe, and how is it possible that we differ so much? Our beliefs comes from our senses, culture, in-group, experts, feelings and thinking. Of these, only thinking and expertise can make a defensible case. (This is a major rewrite of the original 5/19/19 post.)

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Years ago, I thought I was going to die. The streets were dark and slick with rain. I was getting a ride back from a weekend encounter group where all our emotions had been laid bare, and the driver and …

The Four Forces Driving Political Conflict Read More »

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Call it the law of unintended consequences. The internet is a disruptive technology comparable to the Gutenberg press. Initially it was seen as a global encyclopedia, making all human knowledge available to everyone. Then social media arose, and I saw …

Why There is a Crisis of Fake News Read More »

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It’s a New World of Perpetual War: US has been at war in Afghanistan for 17+ years Taliban still holds around half the country US has bombing campaigns in 8 countries US has troop presence in 177 countries (out of …

Welcome to the New World of Perpetual War Read More »

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This graph* shows the net value to society of a person as they age. Initially, a child costs money for food, health and education. During the working years, they generate more value than they consume. In retirement, living and health …

The Financial Value of DACA Read More »

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After the election, I concluded that Trump won with three appeals: Bring back jobs Drain the swamp Build the wall and that I approved of the first two. (It’s now clear that all three are unlikely to happen.) Many people …

Reconciling the Various Reasons for Trump Read More »

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Have you seen how strongly Republicans are supporting States rights with regard to sanctuary cities? I posted elsewhere a few weeks ago that people should be consistent on their position about States rights, but I’ve moderated my position. Think of …

States Rights Read More »

The blows are relentless. Our news feeds deliver multiple shocks each day. The barrage slows time down — surely it can’t be only 24 days since the inauguration? And yet there is joy to be found in all this. 1. The …

5 Reasons to Enjoy the Trump Regime Read More »

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I’m seeing a flurry of bills that limit protest: Resisting arrest can now be considered a hate crime in Louisiana Republicans pass bill to charge demonstrators for police overtime costs North Carolina Republican proposes legislation that would ban people from …

A Frenzied Legislative Crackdown on Civil Rights Read More »

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