MOOS Core + Additional Resources Blog

  • Faster than a Speeding Congressman -- An exploration of the implications of the rise of inexperienced political leaders, on both the left and the right. --
  • How to Make Congress Bipartisan -- A genuinely promising and realistic strategy for fixing Congress. Something worth fighting for? --
  • Tunisia, a Success Story? -- A reasonably upbeat update on the most successful of the Arab spring revolutions – Tunisia. --
  • Why Don't the 1 Percent Feel Rich? -- Useful new acronym: HENRY (high earning, not rich yet)--part of why the 1% is driven to accumulate even more. --
  • Who Hasn't Trump Offended -- Understanding the United States' changing relationship with the world: those who Trump has and hasn't offended. --
  • Trump's Trolls and America's Civil Servants -- Internet trolls are waging war on America's civil servants--yet another front in the battle to save democracy. --
  • New Technology and Fake Videos -- The astonishing capabilities of the new world of fake video technology. How will we be able to tell what is real? --
  • Trump’s Flirtation with Violence -- A reflection on the dangers of Trump's flirtation with political violence. What happens if Trump is impeached? --
  • The Closing of the Republican Mind -- An exploration of the implications of the terms: cognitive elite, creative class, cosmopolitan class, & plutonomy. --
  • Shariah's Winding Path Into Modernity -- For those wanting to go beyond superficial demonization, a description of "Sharia's winding path into modernity." --
  • The Left’s Inversion of Anti-Semitism -- From Israel, a controversial but provocative exploration of the implications of two recent cases of anti-Semitism. --
  • Why Russia Would Help Trump -- For those trying to understand motivations, an explanation of why Russia wanted to help Trump. --
  • Israel & The Iran Nuclear Deal -- From a former head of Shin Bet, a hopeful argument that the "Iranian nuclear deal has been a blessing for Israel." --
  • The 'Witch Hunt' Russia Narrative -- From the conservative National Review, an explanation of why the Russia story is not business-as-usual politics. --
  • Saudi Arabia's Botched Campaign -- Saudi Arabia's campaign against Qatar, another example of how ill-considered threats can backfire. --
  • Trump's Enablers -- Six profiles trying to understand the motivations of those who could, but don't, challenge Trump's excesses. --
  • War Ravaged Mosul -- Photographic evidence of the destruction of Mosul--another reminder of the enormous tragedy of war. --
  • Gathering Storm vs.Crisis of Confidence -- The promise & perils of trying to understand today by looking at historical parallels from the 1930s & 1970s. --
  • Nourish Your Political Soul -- A summer project to nourish your political soul: pick a problem, look at it from all sides, think it through. --
  • The Right Versus Academia -- We must constructively address the right's distrust/hatred of academia (or risk losing the benefits of expertise). --
  • Words As Violence -- An argument worth considering: Why it's a bad idea to tell students words are violence. --
  • Fear of Falling / Love of Trump -- From Thomas Edsall, an explanation of why so many relatively successful people support Trump. --
  • Trump Transforming Rural America -- More listening: a case study of how Trump is transforming the way one rural Colorado town thinks about politics. --
  • Let’s Get Excited About Maintenance! -- An argument for getting more people excited about maintaining what we have (rather than creating something new). --
  • Stiglitz: Here's How to Fix Inequality -- An important new Stiglitz book on fixing the inequality problem. How can we build a consensus for implementation? --

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