Tip 20: Ultra-Conservatives: Is Science Just “Alternative Facts?” February 15, 2019

Is it possible for Americans to exit the debilitating culture wars? Yes, but the path toward healing runs through respect for one-another in public places such as the Internet.  These places, city council hearings and Congressional inquiries included, are how we “meet in the middle” to form public policy governing all citizens, regardless of belief. […]

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Tip #19: Ultra-Conservatives: Stop Bullying Others Publicly With Your Private Beliefs, February 1, 2019

Our world is changing, making it crucial to “own” publicly when one doesn’t know objectively, but merely thinks they know, subjectively.  For contemporary Americans who post on the Internet, this comes down to public courage to say they “believe” but “don’t know” when one is a believer and not a knower. In the Trump era […]

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Tip #18: The Courage to Say “We Don’t Know” When We Don’t (Know), January 24, 2018

We’ve described how fake news-sharing is the way many people signal their partisan identities.  For them it is commonplace to claim they know, even when they don’t. For contemporary Americans, ultimately this comes down to public courage to say “I don’t know” in situations where one is merely a believer. Ultra-conservatives in a recent Princeton study […]

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Weekly Tip #17: Why Ultra-Conservatives and Many Seniors “Push” Fake News, January 13, 2019

America is stuck.  We’re tied down by partisan ideology.  Fake news is a huge part of America’s paralysis. A Princeton University study finds that ultra-conservatives and many senior citizens “push” fake news at alarming rates, compared with the general population. Only 1 person in 12 shared bogus information during the 2016 survey year including Donald […]

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Weekly Tip 16: Yellow Vests: Will France’s Populist Meltdown Spell Trouble in the U.S? Jan 4, 2019

Pay attention to France’s yellow vest movement and also the future of President Emmanuel Macron.  If he fails, the end of a politically united Europe could be in the offing says syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman. What also could this mean for Donald Trump’s America?  Continuing meltdowns across Europe could portent even greater populist disruptions on […]

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Weekly Tip 15: Why Pay Taxes to Educate Somebody Else’s Kid? December 14, 2018

Several years ago, at a workshop I encountered a retired teacher with an interesting “take” on self-interest.  “Why pay taxes to educate somebody else’s kid?” she asked. I was speechless, almost.  Now, her question frames a huge part of why Democrats prevailed in suburban midterm elections.  It’s about the common good. It’s about making brighter […]

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