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  • Pew Research publishes an illuminating exploration of what opinion polling can tell us about the many facets of the US political divide, by taking a deep dive into party affiliation. -- Exploring Party Divides --
  • The Atlantic writes on the dark side of emotional intelligence, which can turn into empathy in the service of Machiavelli and is something to guard against. -- Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong --
  • In examining the difference between the Trump and Sanders phenomena, the Washington Post asks: How can we bridge the partisan divide when the simple willingness to compromise is such a big issue? -- The Difference between Trump and Sanders --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares a thoughtful essay on the amazing fact that the big US political factions all think that they’re losing. -- The Anxieties of Impotence --
  • Foreign Policy shares an unusually comprehensive, succinct, and well-written summary of the many ongoing conflicts in the Middle East today. -- The Conflicts in the Middle East --
  • The Atlantic offers another thoughtful contribution to efforts to the factors that are so dividing the US, suggesting they aren't simply partisan. -- America's Divides --
  • This National Review compilation of conservative, anti-trump essays provides more insight into the candidacy of Donald Trump. -- Conservatives Against Trump --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall explains strategies for enforcing orthodoxy in his reflections on the GOP’s counterpoint to “political correctness”. -- Republican Orthodoxy --
  • The New York Times shares Thomas Friedman’s compilation of today’s big-conflict, mega-worries - and unfortunately, they are all hard to dismiss. -- What If? --
  • The Washington Post shares a good essay, highlighting the complexities and moral inconsistencies of billionaire bashing. -- The Problem with Billionaire-Bashing --
  • The Washington Post provides thoughtful reflections on the role that authoritarian personality types play in today’s political conflicts. -- Authoritarians Rule --
  • In 10 do's and don'ts, the World Economic Forum offers genuinely sensible advice for dealing with ISIS. -- How to Deal with ISIS --
  • Foreign Affairs shares a very interesting application of complexity theory to identify fragile states subject to catastrophic collapse, especially in the Middle East and Africa. -- The Calm Before the Storm --
  • The Atlantic offers a pretty thorough comparison of what we can learn about democracy, both from democratization efforts that have succeeded and failed. -- Lessons in Democratization --
  • The Atlantic's great article puts Donald Trump and fears of fascism in a more realistic historical perspective, suggesting that "fascist" may not be the best word to describe him. -- Trump Is Not a Fascist --
  • The Atlantic provides an intimate look into the problems of the white working class that have become such a driver of US political conflict. -- The White Working Class Problem --
  • The Washington Post writes on Israeli-Palestinian violence; we can multiply these figures by 40 to see what this level of violence would look like in the US. -- Israeli-Palestinian Violence --
  • In the Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria shares a pretty harrowing account of how Internet-based character assassination can undermine thoughtful debate. -- Character Assassination; Debate-Killers --
  • In the International New York Times, Thomas Friedman shares a good essay on the explosion and implications of Internet-fueled protests. -- The Age of Protest --
  • The International New York Times shares depressing news that dehumanization is replacing compassion in the language of major US political candidates. -- Dehumanization in Political Language --
  • This New York TImes article is an excellent counterpoint to the article we recently posted defending “realism," and is more food for thought. -- The Limits of American Realism --
  • Foreign Policy explains another worry: the degree to which really advanced weapons are being used in the Iranian/Saudi proxy wars. -- An Iranian/Saudi War --
  • Project Synidcate explains that the coming impact of the 4th industrial revolution. be it positive or negative, will depend our conflict handling skills. -- The Fourth Industrial Revolution --
  • The Washington Post shares about the Green Book: a rediscovered piece of history that offers a sobering window into the United States’ racist past, and how African Americans stayed safe. -- Staying Safe in Racist America --
  • Five Thirty Eight provides an interesting exploration of the important distinction between misinformed and uninformed voters, exploring Trump supporters in particular. -- Misinformed, not Uninformed --