Reading Time: 11 minutes Scholars have long known that conservative politics and media distort and mischaracterize reality. This distorted reality insulates right-wing media consumers from contradictions and challenges to their beliefs. As a means to power, conservative politicians see this as a feature, not a bug.
Reading Time: 8 minutes As Henry Kissinger turns 100 on Saturday, and his actions and legacy are once again reviewed, it’s important to remember that he was not a solo actor but an agent of US foreign policy and philosophy.
Reading Time: 2 minutes We who live in conservative rural states suffer an annual nightmare as right-wing legislators try to wreck personal freedoms and sound science. In the 2023 West Virginia legislative session, which ended last weekend, the troglodytes tried to (1) force rape and incest victims to bear babies, (2) pass a “religious freedom” law to let Christians […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Everyone in American politics thinks their side is losing. How is this possible, and how can we counteract the zero-sum message of all against all?
Reading Time: 4 minutes In my interview with Monica Guzman, author of I Never Thought of It That Way (BenBella Books, 2022) and Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, she spoke about storytelling as a tool that can bridge seemingly intractable divides. Intrigued, I sat down for a conversation with Mark Yaconelli, founder of the storytelling community […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes The spectacular growth of young secular “nones” in America is finally showing some electoral power.
Reading Time: 7 minutes I regret to admit that I have, once or twice, ill-advisedly and many years ago, driven motor vehicles under the influence of marijuana. I don’t recommend it, due to the obvious safety risks that being stoned behind the wheel entail. Research indicates that while both pot and marijuana can negatively effect driving ability, with alcohol […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes This was the best midterm for the incumbent party in decades, and we have you-know-who to thank for it.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Halloween is fast approaching and we know how stressful it can be to figure out where to trick-or-treat. With so many options, we want to make sure that if you’re visiting a politician’s house for a sugary treat, you know what you’re in for. Have a spooooky good time! Kamala Harris Gives out sugar-free Russell […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Consider this astonishing fact about the 2020 U.S. presidential election: The losing party has never truly conceded the result. Although he eventually admitted that his opponent Joe Biden would take office, former President Donald Trump has consistently asserted that Biden only did so fraudulently—that he, Trump, was “cheated” and had actually won the election. This […]