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  • 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 --
  • The New York Times shares another thoughtful, well researched Edsall article on Trump’s appeal, something we really need to understand. -- Trump's Appeal --
  • Amid our worries about the impact of angry voters, we ought to try harder to understand/fix what makes them angry; this piece by the New York Editorial Board can help. -- American Anger --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares an interesting hypothesis contrasts the impact of big terror with the smaller-scale terror of individual attacks. -- The Impact of Terrorism --
  • Slate offers a great “table turning” series that looks at the United States the same way the US looks at other countries. -- If It Happened There --
  • The Atlantic gives a great retrospective on things that the right did to give rise to “Trumpism.” But the question remains: what about things that the left did? -- The Causes of Trumpism --
  • This Harvard Business Review article is a good and too rare example of someone willing to ask hard questions about our inability to make diversity work by analyzing companies' diversity policies and their efficacy. -- What do diversity policies do? --
  • The International New York Times shares a startling story of how Europe’s side of the Volkswagen diesel scandal affects climate change efforts. -- The Dirty Truth About Clean Diesel --
  • The Denver Post shares a provocative argument that the “too much information” factor is destabilizing the world’s democracies with information overload. -- The TMI Factor --
  • The New York Times writes about cultivating serendipity, providing an interesting strategy for promoting needed outside-the-box thinking. -- Cultivating Serendipity --