Tip 32 What Motivates Losers?  Why Do They Risk So Much?

Republicans fear by sticking to conventional political rules, they’ll lose even more.  Economically, they’ve already lost much.  According to Levitsky and Ziblatt, authors of Why Democracies Die, this sort of “do or die” strategy is a threat to democratic stability. How so?  Economics provides the underlying clue.  Their congressional voting districts, rural and ex-urban, are […]

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Tip 31: Naming Winners and Losers in the Economic-Culture Wars

The Great Recession defined a tipping point, politically and economically.  Brookings notes that between 2008 and 2018, the economic performance of congressional districts labeled “Blue” diverged at a breathtaking pace from those labeled “Red,” given America’s fast-paced “winner-take-most” society. Intuitively, one expects economic scarcity to drive working-class voters in the direction of social and economic […]

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TIP 28: America The “Pretty Good”, July 7, 2019

American Exceptionalism.  That’s the head-in-the-sand term used by Trump Republicans to justify Independence Day intransigence.  We’re an exceptional country they claim, because of their values; their stuff.  Because they say, America honors free markets and laissez-faire social policy. Granted, our nation has been exceptional in many important ways.  But where are we now?  Has their […]

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Tip 21: Socialism—Why are Conservatives so Afraid? March 18, 2019

Check out the short video (link below) describing life in socialist Denmark where people report happier lives (#2 worldwide) than the United States (#15 worldwide). Some American ultra-conservatives abhor socialism, even socialism so bland as when voters agree to tax themselves to educate someone else’s kids. So ask yourself: why do American conservatives run scared […]

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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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