social cohesion

We no longer trust each other, or America. It’s our core problem.

Summary: We’ve frittered away the 2016 election talking mostly about personalities and trivia. But this partisan sniping, each side seeing only its own version of America, reveals the breakdown of trust that social scientists have long warned about. Deteriorating for decades, it has become one of our core problems. It makes solutions to other problems …

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Why the turkey is not our national bird, and why America belongs to us

Thanksgiving is one of America’s few meaningful holidays in a nation that has been blessed with incredible natural resources and even more incredible good luck at key points in our history. But our greatest resource is one we have built for ourselves: America’s strong social cohesion. Our ability to stand together has carried us through …

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We’re strong and adaptable, but have a problem that might sink America.

Summary:  Today’s post gives a different perspective on the challenge of reforming America. Before we can fix our political machinery we must understand what’s wrong. This post gives a possible explanation. This blasted itself out of my keyboard late last night. After it went up I divided it into 2 smaller and more focused posts. …

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The bitter fruits of our alienation from America

Summary:  We conclude our examination of the hit TV show “Castle” by adding up what we’ve learned from it about America. Perhaps we have become alienated from 21st C America because we no longer see ourselves as part of it. Hence our unwillingness to defend it. Today we discuss the consequences of that alienation. It’s …

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