Tip 25: Boiled Frog Socialism – April 27, 2018

The boiled frog story was huge at the yellow brick church on 27th Street in Ogden, Utah.  The Sawyer kids entered dutifully during the 1950’s, but without parents.  Others had moms and dads accompanying them.  I felt unsupported, trying to figure out how the world worked; how I should act within it. There were important […]

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Tip 23: Who’s Scared of Socialism? (April 8, 2018)

Who’s afraid? As Republican President Richard Nixon observed almost five decades ago, we’re all socialists now, essentially. See Tip 22.   If you haven’t checked out a primo short on how socialism works, take a look at People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. Indeed, U.S. socialism may also be called American corporate […]

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Tip 22: Richard Nixon: “I am a Socialist.” March 28, 2019

Well, that’s not exactly what President Nixon said, but close.  The quote was “I’m a Keynesian now.” Previously Nixon favored less government intervention in the economy.  Now, if Nixon was around he would be branded by his own political party as socialist.  He’d gone so far as to propose a guaranteed minimum income for all. During the Great […]

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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 #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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