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

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A new survey reveals American’s top fears, showing our true selves

Summary: The Chapman University Survey reveals American's top fears. Many of them are exaggerated; some are delusional, most are influenced by the sea of propaganda that blankets America. Here we see one reason why the reform of America is so difficult. For the third year, the Chapman University Survey of American Fears asked 1,500+ adult … Continue reading A new survey reveals American’s top fears, showing our true selves

An anthropologist looks at Social Imperialism and New Victorian Identity Politics

Summary: Campaign 2016 has degenerated into a circus of sound bites, ignoring the great issues facing America. To have any chance of reforming America we need a wider perspective , like that of Maximilian Forte (a professor of anthropology). This is chapter 3 in his series about Americans as the New Victorians. It's brilliant, and … Continue reading An anthropologist looks at Social Imperialism and New Victorian Identity Politics

The reactions to Brexit show its true significance

Summary: The two previous posts brought us to the edge of analysis about Brexit, beyond which lies guessing. But there are sparks by which we can see what might happen in the next few months. I've gathered some of them here for you. Sunrise or sunset for Britain? Elites & their courtiers consider it foolish … Continue reading The reactions to Brexit show its true significance

Journalists suffer from the crisis crisis, warping America’s vision

Summary: The news is all about fear. Each day journalists flood the media with exaggerated stories of imminent doom without useful context. This slant to the news warps our perception of the world, with ill effects on America's public policy. It's the crisis crisis, as described by Peter Moore in a prescient article from Playboy … Continue reading Journalists suffer from the crisis crisis, warping America’s vision

Stratfor: Debunking the Myth of Total Security

Summary: Here Stratfor addresses one of the central myths of 21st century US politics -- that the government should provide total security to its citizens, who happily trade away their rights in exchange for this chimera. We can free ourselves from these fears! Debunking the Myth of Total Security Lead analyst:  Scott Stewart Stratfor, 14 … Continue reading Stratfor: Debunking the Myth of Total Security

Debunking the hysteria about cyberterrorism. Some sensible advice.

Summary:  Cybersecurity expert Emilio Iasiello contrasts the warnings that flood the news about cyberthreats with their mundane reality.  {First of two posts today.} Everything’s “Big” When It Comes To Cyberterrorism. It Shouldn’t Be. By Emilio Iasiello from DarkMatters, 2 December 2015 Posted with his gracious permission. In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, there … Continue reading Debunking the hysteria about cyberterrorism. Some sensible advice.