Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture

by Susie Day edited by O Society Dec 7, 2019 Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read “Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters,” the November 25 editorial in the New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors’ argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates … Continue reading Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture

Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

Today’s backlash against intellectual life cannot simply be written off as a popular celebration of mindlessness. Adam Waters and E.J. Dionne, Jr. Dissent Winter 2019Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. “The experts are terrible,” Trump said while discussing foreign policy … Continue reading Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

How Everything Became the Culture War

America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy. Here’s why we should worry. by MICHAEL GRUNWAL Politico December 2018 To understand how American politics got the way it is today, it helps to rewind the tape to the presidential campaign of John McCain—specifically to his effort to win back a listless crowd at an otherwise … Continue reading How Everything Became the Culture War

Mass Psychosis and The Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

by David Penner  Saker Jan 3, 2019 Ask any American liberal aged sixty-five and older what they think about Franco, Mussolini, or Hitler and they will vehemently denounce these men as tyrants, murderers, and despots. Ask them what they think about the Vietnam War and they will say it was a tragedy, not only for the … Continue reading Mass Psychosis and The Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

We conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

Fear. It's the emotion at the heart of Trump and the GOP. Fear of immigrants. Fear of people of color. Fear of equality for women and LGBT people. Fear of religions other than Christianity. Fear of non-existent conspiracies. Fear of the media. Fear of social progress. Ever wonder why? George Lakoff By John Bargh Washington … Continue reading We conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

Here’s How We Can Create a Common-Good Politics

By Simon Greer / Independent Media Institute Nov 7, 2018 Way back in 2004, I was in Ohio in the run-up to that year’s presidential election. I had a chance to talk to a woman who was one of the undecided “values voters” who would become folklore among political strategists and pundits in the ensuing years. … Continue reading Here’s How We Can Create a Common-Good Politics