Featured Topic Area: Authoritarian Populism
Applying "Massively Parallel Peacebuilding" to the challenges posed by authoritarian populism.
In Conflict Frontiers Seminar 7, we introduced and explained the nature of the "Authoritarian Populsim Problem." In this seminar we offer a series of posts exploring ways in which a strategy based on Massively Parallel Peace Building (MPP) can help us more constructively address the problem.
Conflict Frontiers Posts:
- Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 1: Authoritarian and Partisan Conflict - An appeal for us all to put our partisan differences in perspective and work together to strengthen democracy.
- Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 2: “Hate Bait,” Framing, and Escalation - Learn about things small groups can do to push back against "hate bait," distraction-based propaganda, scapegoating, and other conflict problems.
- Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 3: Communication, Governance, and Economics - Strategies for limiting the destructiveness of red/blue conflicts based on better communication, fact-finding, collaboration, governance, and economics.
- Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 4: The "Super Rich" and the "Meritocratic Elite" - A look at things that those at the top of the hierarchy are doing to make things worse and strategies for persuading them to change.
- Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 5: The "Protected Classes" and the "Left Behind" - A look at strategies for helping grassroots citizens on the left and the right come together to advance their common interests.
- Why Relationships Matter - This video explores how social media is driving conflict & why real human relationships are so important.
- Limit "Us-vs-Them" Language, Thinking and Action - This video explains why and how to think of and treat "the other" as a partner, not as an adversary.
- Counter Hate and Malevolence - Part 1 - Hate is a cause and consequence of escalation that almost always makes conflicts worse. Don't help it along!
- Counter Hate and Malevolence - Part 2 - The second of two videos, this focuses on how to respond constructively to people who (seem to) hate you.
- Promote Escalation Awareness - This video shows what escalation is, how the damage happens, and suggests the first line of defense is prevention--don't "jump in the pot!"
- Promoting De-Escalation – Part 1: Conciliatory Gestures - Conciliatory gestures are a way to break down stereotypes and start de-escalating conflicts with surprise overtures of kindness.
- Seek Co-existence, Not Total Victory -The demand for total victory is a recipe for continuing and deepening strife--co-existence is essential for peace.
- Don't Take the "Hate Bait" - How we tend to fall into the hate trap without even realizing it--and how not to.
- Focus on Fixing the Problem, Not Attacking People - Attacking people makes them angry. Enlisting their help to solve a mutual problem is more likely to work as hoped.
- Treat EVERYONE With Respect - Respect is free to give, yet its payback is huge: breaking down stereotypes and often earning respect in return.
- Find Others to Work With - A description, with examples, of why working with as many people as possible can help acheive your goal.
- Listen To and Talk With (not to) the Other Side - A how-to to really understand the other side -- the first step towards conflict resolution or constructive confrontation.
- Try Collaboration First! - A why and how discussion of collaboration, explaining that it often is possible when we think it is not.
- Pick Your Fights--Let Things Go When You Can -- We need to decide: what is worth fighting? What is not? This post discusses how to decide.
- Confront Constructively -- How to peel away the overlays so you can address the core conflict with an optimal power strategy mix.
- Understand Your--and Others'--Fundamental Human Needs -- Fundamental needs are common drivers of conflict. But they don't have to be.
- Core and Overlays Part 1 - An examination of the Burgess's theory of core and overlaying factors which contribute to conflict intractability.
- Core and Overlays Part 2 - Following on from an examination of core factors, this article examines the Burgess's notion of "complicating factors" that also contribute to intractability.
- Reconciliation - Reconciliation used to be a common conflict resolution goal. While it still may be for the peacebuilders, it isn't sought by disputants nearly as much.
- Principles of Justice and Fairness - An examination of the many different meanings of justice: distributive, procedural, retributive, and restorative among others.
- First Parties, Third Parties, and Thirdsiders - An essay examining the different roles conflict parties play, showing how even disputants can also be dispute resolovers.
- Ury's "Third Side"' - Ury describes 10 third side roles that both conflict insiders and outsiders can play to help make conflicts more constructive.
- Leaders and Leadership - An examination of the different meanings of the word "leader," what makes leaders good or bad, and the dynamics between a group and their leader.
- Identity Issues - Identity has long been identified as a driver of intractability. This essay explains why, and what can be done to address these conflicts.
- Status and power struggles - Another core driver of intractability--the fight over social status never seems to end, as is discussed in this Fundamentals Post.
- Power - Power, also, is more complex than it seems. This explains the difference between power sources, power strategies and when to use what.
- Oppression - Written by well-known conflict scholar Morton Deutsch, the entire series is more relevant today than ever.
- Humiliation - While commonly used, humiliation is extremely destructive--to its victims, and also, often, to the person or group doing the humiliation as well.
- Has Austria Found the Answer to Right-Wing Populism? - A hopeful story about strategies for constructively addressing the complaints of the populists.
- Guide for Conversations Across the Red-Blue Divide - A guide for taking a personal step to address the red-blue cultural divide, which will also help with the p