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  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall provides a great summary of the big argument between economic pessimists and optimists, with links to supporting information.
    Boom or Gloom? --
  • As the National Book Review explains, E. J. Dionne’s new book does much to help us understand the long-term origins of today’s big political confrontations by explaining the history of the contemporary Republican Party.
    How Republicans Got to Be How they Are --
  • This excellent New York Times by Paul Krugman essay reminds us that change comes through compromise, not the mere statement of idealistic goals.
    How Change Happens --
  • 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 --

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