Ways to deal with those guilty of causing the fake news epidemic

Summary: The surge of talk about fake news highlights this important problem. We have an increasingly tribal view of the world, each tribe with its own lies -- and contempt for those who disagree (especially experts). Our gullibility makes us easy to rule. But censorship will not fix the problem because it addresses the effects, … Continue reading Ways to deal with those guilty of causing the fake news epidemic

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

Paul Krugman takes a step to clearer vision & reform of America

Summary: Paul Krugman made a remarkable admission for a political columnist in America, one that points the way to a path for the reform of America. He took a step towards seeing that there is no "reality-based party" in America.   “… first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will … Continue reading Paul Krugman takes a step to clearer vision & reform of America

How we broke the climate change debates. Lessons learned for the future.

Presenting at the UN. From "When Worlds Collide" (1951).

Summary:  Climate science as an institution has become dysfunctional; large elements of the public no longer trust it. The politics of climate change are polarized and gridlocked. The weather will determine the evolution of US public policy. All we can do is learn what went wrong so we can do better next time, and wait … Continue reading How we broke the climate change debates. Lessons learned for the future.

The debate about Hersh’s revelations reveals more than his article

Summary: The Hersh affair continues to pay rich dividends of insights about our past and present. Today we look at the best analysis to date of Hersh's revelations, and what it tells us about America's politics.  {1st of 2 posts today.}   Contents The first good analysis of Hersh. Our tribalism. How do we get … Continue reading The debate about Hersh’s revelations reveals more than his article