A Wedge-Busting National Priorities Survey

A Wedge-Busting National Priorities Survey

We've long made the case that when you're Wedged, you've been manipulated into losing sight of your own political priorities. We've encouraged you to do work to get back in touch with them--and finally we've come across a tool that can guide you--and the country--through that process. 

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To Love Your Country, Love Yourself

To Love Your Country, Love Yourself

What if bridging the partisan divide isn't about building bridges to others, but building a bridge within ourselves that allows us to love everything about us?

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In Defense of Golf

In Defense of Golf

Much ado about golf, once again.

"Once again?" You say. Oh yes, I do. If you're a typical political news reader, you either saw a whole lot about golf in the past 8 years (and then nothing) or pretty much nothing about golf and then a whole lot just now.

So let's look at now: Trump golfs, probably more than many other presidents have golfed. People are mad that he golfs. Did you know it's costing taxpayer dollars? Shouldn't he be busy fighting ISIS

If you rewind a bit, you actually have so much fury about the amount of golf Obama played that there is a fairly popular website dedicated to it. Obama actually spent a staggering (?) 3% of his entire tenure playing golf. That probably cost the American taxpayer quite the pretty penny, too. And ISIS was around for much of his own outings.

What slackers, am I right? We'd better spend energy keeping track of which president golfed more frequently, so we can stock up on some good political points that we'll use later to accomplish nothing at all. 

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Discounting Crime? How Punishment Has Changed Through the Ages

Discounting Crime? How Punishment Has Changed Through the Ages

"Prison is not punishment in Sweden. We get people into better shape."  The statement carries surprisingly grand philosophical significance... and opens up a whole lot of questions about what moral agency even means.

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I Don't Know Why We Even Watch Debates

I Don't Know Why We Even Watch Debates

I actually haven't watched the debates. This surprises many of my friends: isn't this politics stuff what I do? Personally, I didn't think I'd learn anything from the debates that would change how I'm voting, and it seems like most other people watching are also unlikely to change how they vote: who they support going in is likely to color who they think won coming out.

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Wordplay: Morals and Ethics

Wordplay: Morals and Ethics

I have noticed something only recently that I have observed for some time in political news and advocacy--I figured out that there is some interesting wordplay about when we talk about the words ethics and morals.

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The Origin of Extreme Ideas

The Origin of Extreme Ideas

Recently, I had a conversation that disturbed me. Perhaps what was most disconcerting was that it was with someone who is extraordinarily intelligent and a successful expert in their field, conservation biology.

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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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Supporting Our Troops on Memorial Day

Supporting Our Troops on Memorial Day

Xander provides us a passionate call to use this Memorial Day not just to eat meat, and not only to remember, but to reconsider: how do we honor and respect our troops? How do we care for them after they fight for our country... and how before?

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