Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

So Fake news is fake news.

By which I mean, "fake news" is fake news. Not that there's no fake news. But it's not really much in the way of news. Or it shouldn't be.

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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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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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Skepticism and Detachment, Part II

Skepticism and Detachment, Part II

Thinking Fast and Slow, a book about decision making, describes two “systems”(1) that process information and therefore reach conclusions in different ways. In this post, Xander uses the principles from Thinking to help us practice skepticism and detachment in political dialogue.  

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Get Out of your Bubble!

Get Out of your Bubble!

Looking for a place to actually get out of your political bubble and talk policy with smart people who don't always agree with you? We've formed a new partnership with BridgeUSA, and it's just the place to do so. Take a read in this quick post to learn what they're about and how to get involved.

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