Summary: The Republic stands on the verge of destruction, again, as a new age of Leftist doomsterism begins. Before again credulously believing and panicking, let's look at the Left's past warnings. That should guide our response. The Left screams warnings, louder and shriller every day, about the dire fate awaiting us. They tell us … Continue reading Before we panic about Trump, see the Left’s past warnings
Summary: Fear has worked wonders for the Right but despite massive investments it has failed to produce much for the Left, hence their diminished state in US politics. As their major campaign clanks on with little public policy effect, some on the Left ask questions about this tactic -- and scientists' studies give answers. Today's … Continue reading Appeals to fear gain little support for the Left on climate change. What next?
Summary: The March 2014 issue of Nature Climate Change has two articles and an editorial discussing the public discussion about the pause in surface atmosphere warming. These are quite sad, showing their tribalism and the modern American unwillingness to accept any responsibility. It's a wasted opportunity for improvement in handling of this vital issue. These … Continue reading Are scientists doing a good job of warning us about climate change?
Summary: Continuing our discussion of ways to reform America, today we look at slogans. Why they're important, both in gaining support and forcing us to a deeper understanding of what we're doing. It has the virtue of practicality, although it's not as much fun as insulting our foes, imagining the Magic Law that Reforms America, … Continue reading Writing a good slogan is a key to reforming America
Summary: A the American polity rots, we follow a path well-worn by previous Republics. Our society's observation-orientation-decision-action (OODA) has broken, with each stage become dysfunctional. We cannot accept this, so cognitive dissonance (see Wikipedia) dominates our mental processes. Rather than communicate values, information and analysis, our political speech increasingly serves to disguise our bleak situation. Our Founders looked to … Continue reading Rome speaks to us. Their example can inspire us to avoid their fate.