How to recruit people to the cause of reforming America

Summary:  After the long journey to create modern representative democracies, we might have forgotten how our political machinery works. The basic workings of the engine, not the operation of the buttons on the dashboard. Worse, many of us have adopted superstitions about the engine. All this makes difficult the deep reforms necessary for the 21st … Continue reading How to recruit people to the cause of reforming America

Why comments have been turned off on the FM website. It’s the same reason others have done so.

Summary:  The FM website has turned off its comments.  Please send your comments place comment on our posts at the FM Facebook page.  Here we discuss why the change. Websites deal with comments in many ways.   Some do not have comments (eg, Instapundit, Lawfare, and James Fallows at the Atlantic).  Some are heavily moderated (eg, Brad … Continue reading Why comments have been turned off on the FM website. It’s the same reason others have done so.

Lessons learned during 2012 from comments on the FM website

Summary:  In 2012 the FM website had 375 posts and 8,700 comments.  I've learned much from writing these posts, and just as much from reading and responding to the lessons.  Here are some of those that you might find of use, another in a year-end series of posts looking at 2012. Contents Politics About Sources … Continue reading Lessons learned during 2012 from comments on the FM website

Seeing our society’s dsyfunctionality in tangible form, in the comments

Summary:  Polling acts as one kind of mirror to our society; Internet comments provide a reflection of another kind. With over 23 thousand comments about geopolitics, the FM website gives us a perspective on America's ills. Here we sort them and find one ominous pattern. There is conflict in every society because  people always debate … Continue reading Seeing our society’s dsyfunctionality in tangible form, in the comments

Wisdom in the raw: best of the comments from the FM website

Summary: Intense bare-knuckle discussions of important topics brings out the occasional burst of raw wisdom. Here we harvest those from the comments section of the FM website. Please post in the comments your favorites and your reactions. Contents Introduction Pogo: one of America's greatest philosophers explains the challenge for our time How to reply to … Continue reading Wisdom in the raw: best of the comments from the FM website