How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

The Alt-Right remains probably the least-understood political phenomenon on the United States right now. There is very little consensus about what they stand for, who is in it besides a few celebrities and internet trolls, how many they are, and how powerful they are.

I decided to do some research. I even spent time running around chat boards like Reddit and 4Chan, and reading Breitbart. Fair warning, I have no conclusive answers--but that, in itself, is a finding, suggesting that anyone who is telling you they know that the Alt-Right is such-and-such is probably full of it.

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The Atlantic Makes ReConsider Great Again

The Atlantic Makes ReConsider Great Again

In the Atlantic’s April 2017 issue there is a powerful read called “Making Athens Great Again.” It recounts the faltering of Athens with the execution of Socrates then its renewal with Plato’s creation of the Academy. It discusses why a nation with a sense of exceptionalism must include self-criticism and self-questioning to be worthy of itself. It is an article recounting an ancient history that is still relevant.


But it has some problems.

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News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

President Trump addressed Congress on March 1st, and as soon as it was over, headlines popped up at every major news outlet in the country.

And they were all very, very different. It shows us a bit about how news sucks... but why does it?

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The Middle Ground Needs More Than Moderates

In our mission to "rebuild the middle ground" of United States politics, we are obviously fighting a losing battle. If there's any hope to be had from this particular strategy, the middle ground needs to identify who it is, and find each other--and fast. 

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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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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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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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