The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere. I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere.

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Please Don't Remove Politicians from Politics

Please Don't Remove Politicians from Politics

"Could Technology Remove Politicians from Politics?" So is the question posed by Motherboard, exploring the idea of a democracy app, where you vote directly on issues. 

There's a strong sense of a major problem and a deep desire for a big shake-up, rather than just another election. And no doubt there are major problems. But please, please do not go with cutting the politicians out of politics as the solution. 

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We Will Not Live in a Post-Scarcity Economy

We Will Not Live in a Post-Scarcity Economy

I've been asked a lot about the "post-scarcity economy" as it relates to policy going forward. I have done some research into the economics of this and decided to not seriously consider the question as I've concluded that we will never live in a post-scarcity economy. The technological changes required would be so vast that society is unimaginable.

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Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

There was much ado about the Hamilton Electors, a pack of Electoral College Electors trying to get the College to elect a Republican alternative to Trump. Despite unprecedented public support and pressure, the Hamilton Elector movement went out with a mighty fizzle. It was probably doomed from the start. 

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The Whole "Wall" Thing Is a Myth that Everyone Subscribed To

The Whole "Wall" Thing Is a Myth that Everyone Subscribed To

"I will build a great wall...and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

Huge shift in policy... right?

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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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How Did Russia Manipulate US Voter Opinion in the Election?

How Did Russia Manipulate US Voter Opinion in the Election?

The news is focused, for good reason, on the CIA's report on direct Russian hacking of the DNC and Podesta servers. We don't know the details, but the CIA believes Russia was actively trying to help Trump win. 

Russian involvement in the election may have gone much deeper than simply releasing files to Wikileaks. It appears that Russian agents may have been actively involved in creating and proliferating fake news, promoting Trump online, and normalizing certain views with fake social media accounts. If true, it would be a massive effort to manipulate US voter opinion in the election.

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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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