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  • The Russell Kirk Center shares an especially clear statement of core conservative principles such as the moral order and the principle of prudence that ought to be (but aren't) the focus of debate.
    Core Conservative Principles --
  • Rolling Stone shares an especially good essay on society's increasing demand for safe spaces and how it's not confined to college campuses.
    Safe Spaces Demanded in All Places --
  • 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 --
  • Gradeinflation.com 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 --

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