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  • This New York Times article is a great exploration of how Trump's use of often ominous and divisive language is reshaping the US political conflict.
    Trump's Ominous Language --
  • In examining the crisis in Syria and other contemporary events, the New York Times provides an interesting exploration of the relationship between compassion and group size - the difference between tragedies and statistics.
    The Arithmetic of Compassion --
  • The New York Times shares a provocative exploration of the relationship between economic growth and efforts to limit climate change, and questions what a world without growth would look like.
    The Costs of Growth --
  • In time for the Climate Change Conference, the Atlantic published an interesting essay on the relationship between the social and natural worlds, arguing that our relationships with nature will need to be reimagined to solve the problem of climate change.
    Climate Change and Our Relationship with Nature --
  • This New York Times post begs the question: Are destructive conflict dynamics undermining new nuclear technologies that could help limit climate change?
    The Need for a New Atomic Age --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares a really interesting community-based rather than an individually-focused educational reform strategy.
    Community Education Reform --
  • Roger Cohen in the New York Times shares a comparison between current events at the start of World War I, interesting for those worried about the possiblity of a contemporary "perfect storm" conflict.
    World War III --
  • The Washington Post's exceptionally good essay explains how to address runaway costs and other problems of higher education with concrete solutions.
    Reigning in University Costs --
  • Pew Research explains an interesting poll, showing that everybody but well-educated Democrats think that they’re losing in politics.
    Everyone Feels They're Losing in Politics --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times shares well reasoned and documented essay on the US political implications of the increasing fear of terrorism, in light of the events in Paris.
    Fear of Terrorism during Presidential Elections --
  • For those interested in neuropsychology and conflict, The Atlantic's essay on how poverty changes the way that people think can shed light on what is rational.
    Poverty and Decision Making --
  • Thi New York Times must-read article explainins why efforts to strengthen the social safety net don’t have more political support, as more blue states turn red.
    Red States and Social Safety Nets --
  • Foreign Policy shares an especially thoughtful essay on how to realistically (and less hysterically) frame the terrorism problem, examining what we know and often don't consider about terrorism.
    Truths about Terrorism --
  • Gallup shares a largely hopeful global survey of public opinions regarding democracy, conducted this past November.
    Global Views on Democracy --
  • NPR's podcast has a really engaging explanation of how stereotyping influences our behavior, sharing the story of poker player Annie Duke and the effect of gender steretoypes on her work.
    Our Behavior and Stereotypes --
  • The New York Times shares a persuasive article explaining why we need to improve society’s ability to wisely regulate genetic technology, discussing legilslation, research, and public conversation.
    Regulating Assisted Evolution --
  • The Atlantic desribes a much more constructive way of continuing the inevitable conflict over same-sex marriage and related issues, taking a long-term view of what the effects of this culture war could be.
    Engaging Perspectives on Sexuality --
  • MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis gives two informative reports on the impact that the coming generation of robots will have on labor markets and conflict, discussing both deflationary force and automation.
    Robots and a Changing Economy --
  • The Washigont Post's fact-checker article describes the misleading political debate on the mass incarceration problem, examining both parties' claims.
    Fact-checking the Mass Incarceration Debate --
  • The New York Times explains how a new word, “ScamPAC," describes a new phenomena in American politics: political action committees that foster hostility for financial gain.
    Rebel Political Action Committees --
  • The Atlantic gives a persuasive argument dispelling the myth that US culture wars may be ending with “progressive” victory, sharing data from across the country.
    Liberals are Losing the Culture Wars --
  • As The Atlantic describes, the startling increase in white middle-class death rates reveals an underlying despair, and this phenomenon is driving US political conflict.
    Middle-class Deaths of Despair --
  • Vox gives an example of the way in which positive and negative feedback loops contribute to the United States’ political divide as well as growing inequality.
    Feedback Loops of Inequality --
  • The Search for Common Ground describes a mass communication-based strategy for changing the way in which the people of Nepal think about governance: A theater piece called Madam Prime Minister.
    Nepal's Mass Communication on Governance --
  • The Washington Post's discussion of the Syrian conflict though conflict mapping is an interesting and positive development in the mainstream US press.
    Conflict Mapping Syria --