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Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.

  • Quartz makes a persuasive argument that in order for their ideas to truly change the world, academics need to engage the broader society (and not just listen to their "peers"). -- A Broader Audience for Academics --
  • The Center for American Progress shares provocative essays on how the progressive left has contributed to the decline of democracy, plus suggested changes to build it up again. -- The Left and the Decline of Democracy --
  • The Scientific American shares an interesting essay on the psychological importance of addressing negative emotions, in a time when we are increasingly prone to suppress them. -- The Necessity of Negative Emotions --
  • A former United Nations assistant secretary general argues in the International New York Times that organization matters, giving a thoughtful critique of the UN bureaucracy. -- "I Love the U.N., but It Is Failing" --
  • Vox makes a blunt but persuasive argument that we need more effective mechanisms for challenging the GOP's "antipolitics," examining the differences between the parties. -- GOP Antipolitics --
  • The Washington Post shares an informative, four-part exploration of the many aspects of the anger that now characterizes US political conflict. -- The Great Unsettling --
  • In the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer writes on the political right's real fear about the "air of menace about this campaign." -- An Air of Menace --
  • In the New York Times, Nick Kristof gives societies turning on their own democratic governments a reminder of what life without government looks like. -- Big Government is Better than No Government --
  • According to the Washington Post, Sanders is getting more "under 30" votes than Clinton and Trump combined! What does that tell us? -- The Young Vote for Sanders --
  • The New York Times shares a challenge from the author of Islam Without Extremes to Muslim governments for "imposing ignorance". -- Against Imposing Ignorance --
  • Foreign Policy shares surprising info on the future of warfare, giving more reasons for halting the slide into an "I'll fight you for it" world. -- The Future of War and Weapons --
  • Foreign Policy writes on the signs of continually escalating Mideast tensions: gigantic war games in Saudi Arabia with 350,000 troops and involving 20 countries. -- Brewing War --
  • Foreign Policy writes on the "fun factor" of political insurgancy, drawing attention to another reason why democracies are in big trouble. -- Insurgency is Fun --
  • The Atlantic writes on the psychology of charity, and what it says about efforts to address the have/have not problem. -- Why the Rich Don't Give --
  • Foreign Policy offers a thoughtful exploration of the feasibility of using nonviolent techniques to challenge the Islamic State. -- Confronting ISIS with Non-Violence --
  • The Washington Post's analysis is for those on the left who want to go beyond blaming the right, to start asking how they themselves contribute to the problem. -- Multiple Sides of Crisis --
  • The International New York Times shares an excellent exploration of the complex, high-tech relationship between the human and natural environments. -- The Unnatural Kingdom --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares an interesting essay on the conflict over how to deal with conflict. Which side do you support? -- Conflict Over Handling Conflict --
  • The University of California newsroom has published a good essay on the limits of rationality (and the limits of rationality-oriented approaches to conflict). -- You're Not as Rational as You Think --
  • Foreign Affairs shares an analysis of strategic complexities and associated danger, with a focus on Saudi Arabia. This is intractability! -- Crisis in Saudi Arabia --
  • The Guardian shares a must-read essay for anyone tempted to demonize Trump supporters. Understanding their motivations is critical, and this article helps us to do that. -- Why Trump Supporters are Trump Supporters --
  • George Lakoff writes in Reader Supported News with an important essay on the often misunderstood factors responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. -- Why Trump? --
  • The New York Times writes on what may be the single biggest cause of the world's troubles: too many young people, and not enough opportunities for them. -- Too Many Young People --
  • The Washington Post shares a succinct argument explaining why the West is on the cusp of a major historical turning point, looking at the current U.S. election. -- The End of the West as We Know It --
  • The American Interest shares seven realistic, concrete things that we can all do (and ask other to do) to start depolarizing our society. -- Tools for Depolarization --

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