Stratfor looks at the power of social media to tilt politics

Summary: New media mark the chapters in the history of politics. Newspaper, radio, TV, and now social media -- each generation of media transformed politics. Those who mastered the new media thrived; those that didn't, failed. Here Stratfor brings in experts to discuss the Arab Spring, Campaign 2016, and what happens next. The Next Front … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the power of social media to tilt politics

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An anthropologist announces the death of liberalism

Summary: Here anthropologist Maximilian Forte announces the death of liberalism. Hillary's defeat, despite its massive financing and support by America's major institutions, was a sign. The ineffective street festivals of Occupy Wall Street and the Women's March are signs. The lack of meaningful response to the revelations about NSA surveillance is a sign, as was … Continue reading An anthropologist announces the death of liberalism

Who won the election? Were the polls accurate? What lessons learned?

Summary: The results of the election are in! The Republic lost, with a new President who got second place in the public vote. Then came a barrage of lies about the simple facts of the election, propaganda which our institutions seem unable to fight. Can we reform the Electoral College before 2020? That will show if the … Continue reading Who won the election? Were the polls accurate? What lessons learned?

Clinton’s ads show her weak strategy: purely tribal, no content

Summary: Why did Hillary flop in the Electoral College? Liberals search frantically for explanations. A previous post discussed the failure of Clinton's fear campaign and the public's dislike of her social justice warriors. Here we look at another cause: her advertising. Liberals continue to ask themselves who is responsible for Clinton's defeat. Most reply "not … Continue reading Clinton’s ads show her weak strategy: purely tribal, no content

Clinton lost because fear failed, and voters disliked her Social Justice Warriors

Summary: Political gurus gush forth with explanations for Trump's victory in the Electoral College (although more Americans voted for Clinton). They discuss arcane strategy, the effect of the media, personalities, and scores of other things (mostly trivial). But there are two elephants in the room. First, Clinton relied on the politics of fear, which surprisingly … Continue reading Clinton lost because fear failed, and voters disliked her Social Justice Warriors

Breaking the myths about Campaign 2016, so we can prepare for 2020

Summary: By nightfall after Trump's election we had rationalized away this astonishing event with myths, ensuring that we learn nothing from Campaign 2016, Let's strip away these pleasing stories and confront the truth -- no matter how painful. Then we can start to prepare for a better choice in 2020. Contents Myth: Trump won the … Continue reading Breaking the myths about Campaign 2016, so we can prepare for 2020

Resources to help you prepare for the Trump years

Summary: Trump's victory surprised the experts. But the potential for radical change, the alienation that caused it, and the resulting rise of populism have all been discussed at the FM website. Here are resources to help you prepare for what lies ahead for America during the next four years. Understanding is the first step. See … Continue reading Resources to help you prepare for the Trump years