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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Weekly Tip 14: Time to “Hammer” Socialism…Again? December 7, 2018

The ink is still drying on pundit assessments about the 2018 midterms.  College-educated suburban women especially, are abandoning the Republican Party.  To illustrate, Democrats now control all four House seats in California’s previously conservative Orange County.  So one wonders.  With monumental Republican losses in the suburbs, what comes next for the Party of Lincoln? Will […]

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Weekly Tip 13: Do we say We Know When We Don’t Know? November 30, 2018

I’m no fan of deceased opinion writer Charles Krauthammer.  Imagine my surprise then, at a Washington Post column written by his son.  According to Danial, the father was enlightened on a crucial point. Charles Krauthammer championed “real” and distinguished it from what it is not.  He drew a bright line between the known and the […]

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Weekly Tip 12: Gulliver Bound by Tribalism November 23, 2018

America is stuck.  We’re tied down by partisan ideology. Our situation is not unlike Gulliver.  We’ve become like the giant, fallen asleep and then awakened by mini-people dancing on our collective selves, making outrageous demands. The strings controlling Gulliver are not unlike the strings of tribal partisanship.  While the pragmatic majority slumbers, America’s forward path […]

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Weekly Tip 10: Let’s Stop Gaming America!

Donald Trump, gamer extraordinaire, uses fear, resentment, even hatred to stoke his political base.  Exaggerations and lies are prolific.  In the seven weeks before midterm elections, Trump made 30 false or misleading claims per day, observes the Washington Post. Although unique, President Trump is far from alone.  Fraudulent political strategy mimics fraudulent business strategy, well […]

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