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  • In examining the rise of Trump, Vox shares a persuasive analysis of political authoritarianism and the threat it poses to democracy and US society.
    The Threat of Authoritarianism --
  • The Atlantic shows evidence that much of Trump's support comes from those who feel excluded from the political process. How can we provide more constructive participation options for these individuals?
    Trump's Supporters: The Excluded --
  • For anyone trying to understand the Trump phenomena, The New York Times shares another authoritative Edsall article with lots of links to informative content.
    Why Trump Now? --
  • Wait but Why shares a great animated graphic on the coming revolution in computing power, and the conflict implications of this are enormous.
    Computers Catching Up --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times shares a thorough analysis of the possibility of a populist coalition on the left and the right.
    The Trump-Sanders Fantasy --
  • The Washington Post writes on a new word: "third offset strategy." It refers to a new, ultra high-tech arms race, with things like swarming robot killer drones.
    Killer Robots --
  • The New York Times reports that Bill Gates gave two billion dollars to fight climate change. How can we get money like that to address the conflict problem?
    Funds to Fight Problems --
  • GThe Atlanticshares a good essay on political correctness, the election, and the motivations of Trump supporters, discussing that while political correctness is might not be so important, but protecting basic liberties is.
    The Difference between Political Correctness and Protecting Basic Liberties --
  • In the New York Times, Paul Krugman raises hard questions about the importance of realistic strategies for supporters of a progressive US political revolution, examining the claims of politicians.
    Making Political Promises --
  • From fivethirtyeight, the perfect pandering stump speeches for Democrats and Republicans! Are there political lessons to be learned here?
    The Perfect Campaign Speech --
  • Commentary Magazine provides a provocative view on the rapidly changing Middle East conflict for those of us watching events unfold from afar.
    The Real Divide in the Middle East --
  • The Washington Post shares a piece by Charles Koch, and if there is such a thing as a peace feeler in US politics, this may be it. It ought to be vigorously pursued.
    Where Koch and Sanders Agree --
  • Foreign Affairs shares a rare and potentially quite instructive story of a successful effort to oppose the Islamic state, writing on how Jordan has prevented large-scale attacks.
    ISIS Meets its Match --
  • The Atlantic gives a timely reminder that we really do know important things about what makes relationships work: kindness and generosity are crucial.
    Kindness Makes Relationships Work --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares great stats putting immigration fears in proper context.
    Reality on Immigration --
  • By examining why people don't marry across party lines, PRI provides more evidence that the partisan divide has emerged as the biggest and most bitter fault line in US society.
    Partisan Divides in Personal Lives --
  • The Atlantic shares stories of the grassroots efforts of working-class communities to meet the challenges that they face, following a three-year journey of learning.
    The Renewal of the Working Class --
  • PBS Frontline shares new Syria statistics, showing it to be a type of catastrophe comparable with weapon of mass destruction nightmares. We must learn how to prevent such catastophes.
    Syria's Deathtoll --
  • The Washington Post's thoughtful essay and links explain how the structure of US presidential democracy is contributing to its problems.
    "Presidentialist" Democracy --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman shares a sobering inventory of emerging foreign policy challenges, and we need to know how each presidential candidates will respond.
    The Many Mideast Solutions --
  • Table Mag shares a great essay on "triumphalist religiosity," a belief system that exceeds the bounds of tolerance and coexistence.
    Triumphalist Religiosity --
  • As a counterpoint to widespread Obama bashing, David Brooks offers a thoughtful reflections on the positive aspects of his presidency in the New York Times.
    Obama's Highlights --
  • The Atlantic provides an excellent retrospective on Human Terrain Teams and efforts to integrate the social sciences and military operations.
    Academics in Foxholes --
  • Foreign Policy shares an interesting approach to public education: a BA in international relations in five minutes!
    International Affairs Degree in Five Minutes --
  • VOX EU shares a free mini-book on secular stagnation for those trying to understand the mysteries amd threats of today's economy, exploring facts, causes, and cures.
    Secular Stagnation --