Reflections from a Scarred City

Reflections from a Scarred City

Xander and I had the great pleasure of visiting Berlin for the 2nd time over the past 5 days.
But Berlin is a city that can haunt you constantly, if you're looking even a bit close. Those scars have a lot to teach us and remind us. 

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Three Ways to Open Someone's Mind: Lessons From Sales

Three Ways to Open Someone's Mind: Lessons From Sales

You know arguing with people doesn't really work. Presenting people with facts that contradict their beliefs actually backfires and causes them to dig in more. But there are people outside of politics whose well-being and next meal depend on opening people's minds: they're in sales. Their job, over and over, requires getting people to open their minds to the idea of parting with their hard-earned money in exchange for a thing... often, a thing they didn't know existed until just now!

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An Open Letter to Trump Voters

An Open Letter to Trump Voters

This isn't a hate letter: it's a love letter. So do keep reading.

You did it.

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Understanding (Many) Trump Supporters, and Moving On

Understanding (Many) Trump Supporters, and Moving On

This post is for those who, regardless of the outcome, want to move forward as a country. This is for those who know there is a deep wound to heal, and they need to be part of it. 

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The Way Forward — healing divisions under a Trump presidency

The Way Forward — healing divisions under a Trump presidency

Structural pressures have driven a lot of people to vote for Trump, a man that many consider extremely dangerous. Life has become harder for them, and they see few leaders willing to do anything about it. They are suffering.When a large group of people suffer — which frequently stems from economic difficulties — their anger and frustration manifests itself as hatred. Why?

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Ending the "Vote Against" Effect

Ending the "Vote Against" Effect

If it feels like the way we vote is pretty messed up, you're not crazy. If you aren't happy with Clinton and Trump, or your Congressional candidates, as options, there are ways to change this. 

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Is the US Voting System to Blame for Donald Trump?

Is the US Voting System to Blame for Donald Trump?

Seth Stevenson of Slate wrote an article on Monday called "Don't Blame Voters for the Rise of Trump. Blame the Stupid Way We Vote." Slate isn't known for being particularly easy on the right-wing, so this is one of those "Only Nixon can open China" sorts of deals, and very much worth a read. But the axe I want to grind is that we can't take responsibility away from voters for who they ended up picking. 

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Could Millennials Move Beyond Red vs. Blue?

Could Millennials Move Beyond Red vs. Blue?

Just two nights ago--the evening of the 26th--I had the great pleasure of attending a panel with some extraordinary fellow Millennial-types. We were at the New York City Civic Hall, at an event co-sponsored by New America and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. I wanted to share a bit of it with you.

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How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt II, Demographics

How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt II, Demographics

The Millennial picture wasn't looking very good for the Republican party as we know it. They're much less socially conservative than their older counterparts, and more inclined to support folks like Bernie Sanders and Gary Johnson than guys like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

But people can change: the Baby Boomers used to be represented by pinkos and hippies. Then look what happened.

But demographic change has a much more sturdy kind of impact, and it's gonna be yuge.

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