Summary: Make 2017 a big year in American history, the year its engines of reform roared into action. Here are some suggestions about ways you can help. “Nietzsche said the newspaper had replaced the prayer in the life of the modern bourgeois, meaning that the busy, the cheap, the ephemeral, had usurped all that remained … Continue reading Resolve to begin the reform of America in 2017!
Summary: To give you a powerful start to the New Year, here are two brief passages I strongly recommend. They can be transformational for you. Both are excerpts from longer essays well worth reading, but even these excerpts will help you in the years to come. Rapid change in every aspect of our complex ever-larger world -- confusion and disorientation … Continue reading A new year’s gift: two tools to help discover truth in the news
Summary: Our leaders have made a discovery of the sort that changes the destiny of nations. It is a secret that explains much of modern American history. We have become gullible, seeing the false beliefs of others but credulously believing what our tribal leaders tell us. The avalanche of "fake news" is the logical response by … Continue reading The secret source of fake news. Its discovery will change America.
Summary: How much Trump accomplishes will depend in part by how effectively the Left opposes him. A few on the Left have seen the essential element for success, but overall their early responses suggest that the Left will remain dysfunctional. Perhaps a few years in the political wilderness will bring new insights to them. But … Continue reading See the Left’s mad response to Team Trump (they’re plutocrats, not fascists)
Summary: Monday's debate shows the limit of fact-checking, even in those rare cases where it's politically neutral. While useful in small doses, it boosts our obsession with the trivial aspects of the race and obscures the great issues at stake. Also, it's seldom done with a neutral viewpoint -- becoming glib defenses of the established … Continue reading Fact-checking: useful, until it becomes politically biased trivial pursuit
Summary: The Campaign 2016 circus continues, each chapter weirder than the last. Trump's caravan is weirdness on wings, with his bizarre stream of misinformation and fantasy. Also interesting (if less scary) are the stories about Hillary's health. This is a follow-up to Important advice for us about the election from Obama’s doctor. Only by reviewing … Continue reading We can learn much from the stories about Hillary’s health
Summary: We would understand this election better by consulting a wider range of experts than the usual journalists (experts on the election steeplechase) and political gurus (experts on the electoral games). This post looks at the psychology of the manipulator and the victim, which nicely describes the roles of elite and voter in America today. … Continue reading Psychology explains Campaign 2016: the 8 tactics of manipulation & lying that win elections