Highlighting Hope for Real Reform: Missouri

Highlighting Hope for Real Reform: Missouri

We've already talked at great length about political polarization in the US: why it's bad, where it comes from. It's a pretty bleak landscape to be honest. Culturally this is hard to change. Calling for civility won't work, because the incentives are wrong. But we've talked about ways to fix these incentives. They are structural changes.

Luckily, they're starting to happen. Let's take a look at Missouri.

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Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Did you hear that the US declared war on North Korea? If you've been reading a lot of major news outlets, you'd have every reason to believe so. However the real story--with all the context--paints a very different picture.

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Mis-Applying the Overton Window

Mis-Applying the Overton Window

I've heard a few discussions that used the Overton Window as a theoretical tool to support certain ways of behaving politically. But do people really understand the Overton Window well enough to wield it wisely?

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Harvey is a Time to Put Politics Aside... Just for a Moment

Harvey is a Time to Put Politics Aside... Just for a Moment

Political animosity in the US is probably at an all-time high. This isn't news.

Sadly, what is newsworthy is the fact that people are not only politicizing the hurricane, but discouraging helping the victims of it for political reasons. Harvey is something for which we should put our political differences aside, if only for a moment.

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How Big and Powerful are the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis?

How Big and Powerful are the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis?

New polls and lots of new data after the Charlottesville attack can give us a real idea of the size and power of the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis. 

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What is Domestic Terrorism?

What is Domestic Terrorism?

In light of the terrible attack in Charlottesville, there's been some debate about what terrorism is. Much of this is a flurry to press or deny the label on the attack. Can we settle the question?

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How to Combat the "Fake News" War

How to Combat the "Fake News" War

rump is a big fan of calling various news networks "fake news," especially when they report something about him he doesn't like, such as poll numbers. Having a president so antagonistic against the media is certainly new in American politics, even though yellow journalism has been a thing for years, and Republicans coined the term "liberal media" years ago.

What can be done about it?

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What Policy We Want Changes by Which Tribe Supports It

What Policy We Want Changes by Which Tribe Supports It

A lot of people feel pretty strongly about their political opinions. Often we feel like they are quite set in stone; based on some very deep values that won't change much.

A lot of people also feel like their opinions are based on well-thought-out logic and reasoning, from gathering evidence.

However, there's substantial evidence to suggest that when another tribe's opinions solidify on an issue, our tribe runs away--and we join them. Our opinions on important issues are often fluid and fickle, changing with political wind more than sound thinking.

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A Theory on Trump's Electoral Upset by The Guy That Invented Modern Polling

A Theory on Trump's Electoral Upset by The Guy That Invented Modern Polling

I got to meet Pat Caddell, who has worked in presidential offices and campaigns since the Carter Administration. He has done a combination of personal interviews, polling, and soul-searching to get a sense of why Trump won the election when, in his words, Trump had no real strategy, few solid positions, and very little in the way of a campaign at all. 

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Flash Poll: Trump's Syrian Airstrikes

Flash Poll: Trump's Syrian Airstrikes

We saw the strikes happen last night and woke up this morning to various social media reactions: everything across the spectrum of:

  • This is what Obama should have done when he called the "red line" and Trump is a hero of deterrence / justice / good
  • We are entering World War III
  • This is a distraction in order to do $POLICY

So time for a quick flash poll.

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