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  • For those who have wondered how the extremes of the "cancel culture" have become such a powerful political force, an intriguing hypothesis. #mbi_context -- America's True Believers and Their Gutless Enablers --
  • More sensible analysis of the gun violence problem from Nick Kristof and a realistic proposal for limiting the new threat posed by "ghost guns." #mbi_context -- How Do We Stop the Parade of Gun Deaths? --
  • Reflections on the the latest information about the success that Russian disinformation campaigns are having in amplifying our political dysfunction. #mbi_context -- Russia Studied How to Get Americans to Make Mistakes --
  • In Trump’s America, progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found fame. Now, it’s the turn of moderates. #mbi_context -- The Mod Squad --
  • A reminder that we are all susceptible to intergroup stereotyping and hostility and a look at how the right question can change things. #mbi_context -- White People Don't Have a Monopoly on Hatred --
  • A look at the new generation of social and political contrarians that have emerged on Substack as an alternative to the orthodoxies of mainstream media. #mbi_context -- I Beg to Differ --
  • A hopeful and uplifting story of people coming together to help one another through the pandemic and the other struggles of life. #mbi_context -- Mutual-Aid Societies: Americans Knit Their Safety Nets --
  • A look at the rapidly emerging response to progressive illiberalism--one of today's most consequential emerging conflicts. #mbi_context -- Fighting Back, At Last --
  • A ontroversial, deeply disturbing, and also persuasive argument that, in our zeal to fight hate, we may actually be promoting it through unfounded accusations. #mbi_context -- Race and False Hate Crime Narratives --
  • An exceptionally perceptive and well documented look at what can realistically be done to limit gun violence and mass shootings. #mbi_context -- How to Reduce Shootings --
  • A compelling case against the now common overuse of the term, "violence." The fight against violence requires being clear about what it does and doesn't mean. #mbi_context -- When the “Violence” Isn't Violent --
  • As the GOP becomes increasingly extreme, serious call for a new “radically centrist, common sense, let’s get stuff done party.” #mbi_context -- It's Time to Plant a New Flag --
  • For a time when class conflict is not being given the attention it deserves, a review of a new book: "Class: A Guide Through The American Status System" #mbi_context -- Book Review: Fussell On Class --
  • A review of a new book that asks critical questions about the threats faced by the US and the role that the military should have meeting those threats. -- A World Without War --
  • Political parties ought to be institutions for resolving disputes over which priorities to address and how. They shouldn't just enforce group mono-think. #mbi_context -- There’s only one political party right now --
  • An eloquent defense of the neglected art of persuasion -- the most sustainable way of achieving positive social change. #mbi_context -- When did we give up on persuasion? --
  • A first-rate look at the many ways in which out-of-control cynicism has infected our culture and our politics. We all need to Help fight this trend. #mbi_context -- American Cynicism Has Reached a Breaking Point --
  • An important reminder that the excesses of the so-called "cancel culture" afflicted both the left and the right. #mbi_context -- Donald Trump is the king of cancel culture --
  • A practical look at how we can fix the many mistakes that we continue to make as we try to navigate social tensions associated with the pandemic. #mbi_context -- 5 Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating --
  • An eye-opening look at why opposition to Progressivism is likely to become the defining political conflict of our time--a conflict we need to diffuse. #mbi_context -- What Is Progressivism? --
  • A report on a Black-led effort to find a less divisive and more effective way of addressing the many problems caused by America's history of racial discrimination. #mbi_context -- Ian Rowe discusses 1776 Unites and his efforts to promote a vision of a unified America --
  • As we assess the Trump era's impact on our democratic institutions, a disturbing look at the ways in which he has effectively amended the Constitution. #mbi_context -- The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution --
  • A critique of "critical thinking" and a description of a much more effective strategy for distinguishing reliable from unreliable information online. #mbi_context -- Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole --
  • An eloquent explanation of how unity is distinct from bipartisanship and why a unified defense of democracy is something worth fighting for. #mbi_context -- What We Mean When We Talk About “Unity” --
  • For a time when many have joined the fight against bigotry, a plea to extend that concept across partisan lines and to stop dehumanizing our political opponents. #mbi_context -- The Case Against Partisan Bigotry --