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  • ReConsider posts an eye-popping graphic from last year revealing the mismatch between dangers and where, in fear, America spends its money. -- American Protective Spending --
  • This upbeat Atlantic story shares interesting indicators of cities that buck the trend and actually work! Among them are a focus on local issues, and real partnerships between the government and the people. -- Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed --
  • If it exists, it must be possible – we're reminded of this by a hopeful Foriegn Policy story on Islamists embracing democracy in Tunisia. -- How Tunisia’s Islamists Embraced Democracy --
  • The Atlantic shares great statistics demonstrating why the class problem in the U.S. is really a 1% of the 1% problem. -- The Richest of the Rich --
  • Sharing predictions of a new climate change model, The New York Times gives us another reminder of the urgent need to fix the conflict problems that are blocking action on climate change. -- Urgent Climate Change Findings --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman gives a succinct summary of the "wicked" problem that is today's Middle East, reminding us that we need a president who can deal with this. -- When the Necessary in Impossible in the Middle East --
  • The New York Times opens a well-documented window into the class conflict that is dividing the GOP, causing us to ask: will it also divide the Democrats? -- The Angriest Republicans --
  • provides great data university grade inflation since 1960 with a focus on the "student as consumer" era. -- Grade Inflation --
  • The Washington Post has made available many interesting papers from a virtual symposium on the complex events surrounding the Arab Spring, with an accompanying article to explain. -- Papers on the Arab Spring --
  • An interesting study from Brookings explains how and why some professions are grossly overpaid while others are underpaid, and what we can do about it. -- Why the 1% Earns So Much --
  • The Washington Post discusses a recent Paul Ryan speech, sharing a hopeful story about learning, admitting mistakes, and really governing. We need more of this! -- Learning from Mistakes in Politics --
  • PBS offers another window into the class-based divisions in US society: the option to take Murray's "Do you live in a bubble" quiz. -- Do You Live in a Bubble? --
  • Scientific American explains how diversity makes us smarter, more creative, more diligent and harder-working. -- Diversity Makes Us Smarter --
  • The World Economic Forum gives an informative overview outlining the continually mutating threat of terrorism and provides interesting statistics for support. -- Continual Changes in Terrorism --
  • 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 --