Jonathan Haidt explains America’s out-of-control polarization

Political-polarization in America

Summary: Political polarization is rising in America. While a familiar problem, this time it is causing unusually severe difficulties. This could have ugly consequences if it continues to grow worse. Here Professor Haidt discusses its causes and effects. Excerpt from "The Age Of Outrage" By Jonathan Haidt, Professor Of Ethical Leadership, NYU School Of Business. … Continue reading Jonathan Haidt explains America’s out-of-control polarization

Left and Right use race as a way to divide America

Summary: Once again the tide of factionalism threaten to wash over America. Again race is the divider -- given a new lease on life by the GOP's great betrayal of its principles in the 1960s, a bomb now detonating as the Democrats' abandon their long goal of a color-blind society in favor of a race-based … Continue reading Left and Right use race as a way to divide America

A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP

Summary: This is the fourth in this series about the new politics now emerging in America, in some ways different than anything in our long history. Here we look at the new GOP and its shock troops, the Tea Party Movement. When reading the many articles describing it as crazy, ignorant, and doomed -- remember that … Continue reading A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP

Let’s learn from this inevitable crisis, which results from flaws in our system

Summary: While the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis probably ends in days or a few weeks, the lessons we learn from it can help us better manage the similar crises that lie ahead. Failure to learn and respond to these might have ugly consequences during the next decade. Today we look at one of the two vital lessons. … Continue reading Let’s learn from this inevitable crisis, which results from flaws in our system

Light the fireworks – the campaign starts today!

The campaign begins today.  It does not end on 4 November 2010.   Or 4 November 2012.  It ends when enough citizens in America participate in the political process so that gain control of the government.   Not just voting, choosing between candidates on the ballot like a drunk choosing what brand of rotgut and cancer sticks for tonight's binge.   Rather … Continue reading Light the fireworks – the campaign starts today!