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Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.

  • A World Without Work -- The meaning of life in a world without work. As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? --
  • Are Democrats Out Of Touch? -- The first step toward building support is understanding why others distrust you. Must-read for Democrats. --
  • Confirmation Bias -- Evidence that both liberals and conservatives are subject to confirmation bias--something we all need to resist. --
  • How The Left Learned To Hate -- Story about how the left learned to hate like the right! Now that we both understand hate, let's try reconciliation --
  • Heineken to Pepsi: Hold my beer -- Beer commercials that actually seem to encourage folks to really talk about the tough issues. --
  • Fighting Fake News in Europe -- Another encouraging story about sophisticated efforts to combat fake news. --
  • 100 Days of Disaster for Democrats -- A controversial, but still worth considering, argument that the past 100 days have been a disaster for Democrats. --
  • Christians & Discrimination -- Many US Christians believe that they are being persecuted. How can their legitimate concerns be better addressed? --
  • The Crazy Scale of Human Carbon Emission -- Global CO2 output from fossil fuels is equivalent to burning a forest much bigger than Africa every year! --
  • Climate Change Activists and Deniers -- Hopeful news that the climate debate is entering a new phase where the focus is not denial but what to do about it. --
  • The European Crisis -- A comparison of US & European political crises and an explanation of why Europe's problems are even more difficult. --
  • Tightness Vs. Looseness in Global Politics -- Tightness and "Looseness"--a useful way of conceptualizing the world's biggest cultural conflict. --
  • Michael Moore in 'Take-No-Prisoners Mode' -- Michael Moore says he is in take no prisoners mode! Genocidal language like this only drives the escalation spiral. --
  • Congress's Bipartisan Budget Deal -- Hopeful news that bipartisanship and compromise aren't totally dead. How can this sort of thing be nurtured? --
  • Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? -- Facebook's reaction to its role in spreading global discord (and window into what it takes to make change happen.) --
  • The Liberal Order Is Rigged -- From Foreign Affairs, some much-needed soul-searching on the implications and fate of the liberal world order. --
  • To Stay Married, Embrace Change -- Good advice for maintaining long-term relationships and dealing with the "growing apart" problem. --
  • American Regression -- "America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People"--a review of an important new book by Peter Temin. --
  • Neoliberalism, Loneliness & Social Crisis -- "Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds & bodies of millions"--a thoughtful exploration of a big proble --
  • Emerging Colombian Guerrillas -- How wars end: the story of how Colombia's guerrillas are emerging from the jungle and trying to re-enter society. --
  • Trump's 'Madman Theory' -- From Foreign Policy: "Trump's ‘Madman Theory' Isn't Strategic Unpredictability. It's Just Crazy." --
  • How Western Civilization Could Collapse -- How Western Civilization Could Collapse--a compelling argument for urgently addressing society's big problems. --
  • The GOP and Town Hall Anger -- Sensible suggestions for re-framing acrimonious town hall meetings in ways which produce constructive debate. --
  • Google's Fake News Crack-down -- Tech industry reactions to the downsides of its geopolitical role: some steps in the right direction from Google. --
  • Reaching Out -- From Thomas Edsall: "Reaching Out to the Voters the Left Left Behind" --