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I Don’t Want to Debate. I Want to Talk about My Pain. How the Democrats Got It Wrong

It is quite interesting how just a few short months ago we were burying the Republican Party. They were in a state of disarray with a crowd of presidential contenders each of which seem to be more flawed than the next. And Trump was the worst of the...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 7, 2016

Change Hillary’s Campaign Slogan from “I’m with Her” to “She’s with Me.”

The results of the most recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll are in and the news is certainly good for Hillary. She leads Trump by double digits and he seems to be declining precipitously. In a head-to-head matchup Clinton leads Trump 51% to 39% amon...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 27, 2016

How Group Membership Distorts Political Thinking and the Impossibility of Quality Political Communication

Watching citizens yell at one another during debates and political discussion has reminded me of something more than the loss of civility. It prompts me to recall the distorted communication that occurs so often during political conversation. These d...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 23, 2016

Just Pay Attention to the Data: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally Honest and Trustworthy

I hear plenty of people blurt out that Hillary Clinton is “untrustworthy” or “they don’t like her” or even that she is a “liar.” But when I press them on this, when I say give me examples and ask them to explain why in any detail they u...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 13, 2016

Trump’s Racism: How He Morally Excludes Mexicans

Trump is not a smart politician who knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t craft his populist message and ill manners into some clever verbal strategy that is designed to have a particular effect. No, he’s authentic. When you hear him fumble over id...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 10, 2016

Trump and Post-Truth Discourse

  [I am republishing this because it was an early warning about Trump and violence. The video tells the story of how Trump does not understand what he is responsible for.] Trump is dangerous and worse yet he’s unaware of how dangerous he is or...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 12, 2016

Trump and Post-Truth Discourse

  [I am republishing this because it was an early warning about Trump and violence. The video tells the story of how Trump does not understand what he is responsible for.] Trump is dangerous and worse yet he’s unaware of how dangerous he is or...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 12, 2016

Trump and Post-Truth Discourse

Trump is dangerous and worse yet he’s unaware of how dangerous he is or doesn’t care. Even at the risk of a little hyperbole we are seeing the consequences of a “post-truth” society where information is distorted, low quality, and attached to...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 7, 2016

The Discourse of the Republican Jihad

There is a hadith, or saying of the prophet, that goes: “Know that paradise lies under the shade of swords.” Increasingly, this saying makes me think of American party politics as much as an ISIS credo. I have spent a good part of my professional...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 22, 2016

The Discourse of the Republican Jihad

There is a hadith, or saying of the prophet, that goes: “Know that paradise lies under the shade of swords.” Increasingly, this saying makes me think of American party politics as much as an ISIS credo. I have spent a good part of my professional...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 22, 2016

Conservative Liars Have Created Frankentrump

The Republicans have lied so systematically and pervasively that they now have created a new lying monster and it is loose in the streets and no one seems to be able to capture him. It’s Frankentrump. The fact checking websites are ablaze with Trum...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 4, 2015

Netanyahu and The Future: Israel and the Peace Process Will Make Little Progress

Well, Netanyahu has been elected for an historic fourth time. His path to the Prime Minister’ s office this time is strewn with damaged relationships (think US), international political stunts (speech before Congress), the race card (“the Arabs a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 21, 2015

Three Important Studies in Digital Media and Politics

Below are summaries of 3 studies that represent trends and progress in digital media and politics. They are of particular interest and represent highlights from 2013. More details are available from the Shorenstein Center. The first study demonstra...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jan 13, 2014

What It Means for the State of Israel to Be “Jewish”

In a couple of posts I’m going to explore the issue of an official “Jewish” definition of Israel. I’m going to explore the issues and expose the difficulties and suffer the different philosophical consequences including the conundrums, logica...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 22, 2013

Seriously, Just Don’t Vote #VRWC

Continuing Just Don't Vote #VRWC … "Supreme Court is Another Reason to Vote Romney This November" [T]he prospect of Obama getting TWO MORE Supreme Court appointments, shifting the court even further to the left should frighten all freedom loving Am...
by The Classic Liberal Blog on Nov 6, 2012

Just Don’t Vote #VRWC

It's understandable not to want another four years of Barack Obama, after all, his tenure has been atrocious. Bailouts, "stimulus," money printing, cronyism, and health care fascism (just to name a few of his initiatives), are hardly the marks of a p...
by The Classic Liberal Blog on Nov 2, 2012

Stick It To Obamney

H/T - Moral Anarchism Stick It To Obamney is a post from: Classic Liberal Blog Stick It To Obamney is a post from: Classic Liberal Blog...
by The Classic Liberal Blog on Oct 31, 2012

Ethiopia: How Foreign Aid Has Helped a Generation

LALIBELA, Ethiopia -- You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll mounted and horror stories grew more unfathomable by...
by The Dude Abides on Oct 23, 2012

Why I miss Ross Perot…

Why I miss Ross Perot: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama ads are full of outright lies Did you know that Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of a steel worker’s wife? Or that President Obama gutted the work requirement for welfare? Do you remember...
by Law & Industry Daily on Sep 12, 2012

Why I miss Ross Perot…

Why I miss Ross Perot: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama ads are full of outright lies Did you know that Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of a steel worker’s wife? Or that President Obama gutted the work requirement for welfare? Do you remember...
by Law & Industry Daily on Sep 12, 2012


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