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  • The New York Times shares a good article about Obama's speech at Howard University with a link to a video of the speech. It's great advice for social justice advocates. -- Obama's Speech at Howard --
  • The Atlantic makes an insightful comparison of the benefits of self compassion (as opposed to self-esteem). -- Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times provides a great explanation of crucial role of the "second demographic transition" - shifts in the social landscape regarding gender and reproduction - in shaping US political conflict. -- The Great Trump Reshuffle --
  • David Brooks, writing in the New York Times, explains another convincing contributor to conflict problems–-cultural changes that have produced an "explosion of choice." -- The Choice Explosion --
  • From Scientific American, we get an interesting article on scientific explanations for the cultural divides between liberals and conservatives. -- The Cultural Divide in Politics --
  • New York Magazine has published a must-read article: it's a long and detailed analysis with fresh insights into the many crises facing US and other "late-stage" democracies. -- Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic --
  • From Scientific American, an interesting article on the "scientifically proven" secrets of successful parenting. -- Secrets of Successful Parenting --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks makes a persuasive argument that those who try to help us understand society can't do so from inside the "elite bubble," discussing the implications of the Trump campaign. -- Time to Take the Long View --
  • The Atlantic shares surprising statistics reminding us again of the need to take the risk of conflict catastrophes seriously: a human is five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash. -- Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall shares great statistics illuminating the emergence of class as the central political fault line in the United States. -- How the Other Fifth Lives --
  • The Atlantic shares a provocative video emphasizing the shortcomings of simple empathy by itself, and the need for sophisticated problem-solving. -- Is Empathy Bad? --
  • IZA shares an interesting window into the complex calculations of gender pay equity in the United States. -- The Gender Wage Gap --
  • Pew Research shares interesting statistics on the sharply more optimistic views of emerging societies, contrasted with their rich, developed counterparts. -- Developing Economies are More Optimistic --
  • The Atlantic explains that there are declining birth rates among millennials - is this enough to threaten the "sustainability" of the next generation? -- The Childless Millennial --
  • This great TED talk explains the dangers of "single-story" stereotypes and strategies for overcoming them. -- The Danger of a Single Story --
  • Pew Research shares interesting statistics about how the United States really is exceptional in views and values. -- When Americans Stand Out --
  • Pew sheds light on another key to understanding United States' big conflict: the relationship between education and politics. -- Education Causes an Ideological Gap --
  • The New York Times sharse another reason why democracy is in trouble: the growing unwillingness to accept the legitimacy of political defeat. -- The Cult of Sore Losers --
  • The Washington Post shares a new way of understanding gun violence in their high-tech window into when, where, and how often guns are actually fired. -- A New Way to Measure Gun Violence --
  • The Intercept gives those ready to ask hard questions about the role that the US has played in the Middle East a good place to start. -- The Long, Misguided War --
  • The New York Times offers one explanation for US complacency about climate change: the weather in the US has been getting better. How are we to respond? -- Global Warming Feels Quite Pleasant --
  • Every liberal should read Vox's argument that the "smugness" problem is making our problems much tougher. -- American Liberals are Smug --
  • The Washington Post shares two fascinating statistical snapshots illustrating enormous cultural changes in how the US thinks about marriage. -- Cultural Changes in Finding a Spouse --
  • The Atlantic shares a great essay on "concept creep" in psychology, and the costs and benefits of a field's efforts to expand its scope. -- Sensitivity and Concept Creep --
  • Moyers and Company discuss the need for limiting the risk of nuclear war. Murphy was right, if anything can go wrong it EVENTUALLY will! -- Murphy's Law an Nuclear War --