How You Got Wedged

How You Got Wedged

Have you ever wondered why it seems the people that disagree with you are so unreasonable?

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Why Count Olympic Medals?

Why Count Olympic Medals?

I'll admit, I found myself checking the Olympic medal count daily, and felt little stirrings of patriotism as the Americans kicked off the first Gold win in air rifle, and then really started haulin' 'em in during swimming, gymnastics, and track & field. But I had a moment where I asked myself why I cared at all that the United States had the most medaling athletes.

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6 Crazy Things That Could Happen This Presidential Election

6 Crazy Things That Could Happen This Presidential Election

It's been a historically crazy election year, and readers/listeners keep asking me, "what's going to happen this election cycle? What could happen?" So I decided to take a crack. I came up with some crazy scenarios just so we could see how it plays out. It'll be fun.

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I Have a Hypothesis On How Your News is Politically Biased

I Have a Hypothesis On How Your News is Politically Biased

So I think the common narrative about political bias is this: if your news is biased, they tell a story a certain way, or inject a lot of opinion into something. So you might be thinking of talk radio or podcasts or online articles that are telling you quite obviously, "here's what you should thing! So and so is terrible! Anyone that disagrees with me is an idiot!" That kind of stuff.

But you're probably pretty clever and you probably have some sense of when that's happening, even when it's people that you're prone to agree with. But I think the way that smart people develop political bias is more nuanced. 

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"Old People Shouldn't Vote!" And The Selfish Democracy

"Old People Shouldn't Vote!" And The Selfish Democracy

It's not just left vs. right or something else, but young vs. old. It's not just as if these folks have different interests, but that old people must be fundamentally unfit to vote, or necessarily make bad decisions, because of their age.

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We're All Gonna Die!

We're All Gonna Die!

Have you been paying attention?! We’re all gonna die! The world is falling apart. Terrorist attacks have rampaged through the United States, killing innocent civilians. Freedom, the American way itself, is at risk. 2016 has been a year of disaster, and a security failure.


At least, that’s what The Terrorists™ want you to think.

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Are American Democratic Institutions Breaking Down?

Are American Democratic Institutions Breaking Down?

I was recording a podcast today with Roifield Brown, talking political conventions (it'll be up soon). One thing he asked me: "is America in its winter, or are its best days ahead?"

I thought about it, and have thought about this for a while. I of course don't have an answer; nobody does. But I do have some concerns. 

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How Many Starving Kids Are Your Suede Shoes Worth?

How Many Starving Kids Are Your Suede Shoes Worth?

I wanted to use this exercise to develop a bit of empathy for some others in our political communities.

Now while it is of course true that the things you care most about are definitely the objectively important ones, let's cut everyone else some slack for being so wrong, eh? 

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Join us for 3 Days of Energetic Political Cross-training

Join us for 3 Days of Energetic Political Cross-training

A bunch of citizens (myself included) are teaming up with some heavy hitters in unison to innovate bold solutions that transcend partisan politics and create platforms where everyone's voice can be heard and we actually build some bloody solutions.

And you’re invited to take your place among them during The American Citizens Summit, August 1-4!

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Erik's on Injury Reserve

Dearest readers,

I gave myself a somewhat gnarly injury on Sunday. The various symptoms/consequences of this mean I can't focus enough to write or manage the website.

Therefore hopefully I'll be back in action next Monday the 1st of August. Until then, thanks for all the patience.

--Erik

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