The Case Against Voting For Charisma

The Case Against Voting For Charisma

Likeability, relatability, humor, wit, charm, good looks and a little disregard for convention have always helped candidates win elections. Policy positions, character and experience in government help, too.

A Source of Hope and Optimism: Our Great Potential For A Better World

A Source of Hope and Optimism: Our Great Potential For A Better WorldNone of us can afford to assume that somebody else will solve our problems; each of us must take his or her own share of universal responsibility. The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.

How Demographic Shifts Can Rip A Country Apart

How Demographic Shifts Can Rip A Country ApartWhat happens to a country when its core national identity – its preferred image of itself in terms of race or religion – doesn’t match its demographic reality?

How To Fix Partisan Gerrymandering?

Want To Fix Gerrymandering?

“Are we in Maryland’s third congressional district?” Karen asked on a recent visit to the UMBC campus. Despite zooming into the district’s map on Wikipedia, neither of us could tell.

Why Fox News Isn’t The Entire Problem

Why Fox News Isn’t The Entire Problem

Recently, The New York Times purported to explain “How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World.” This followed The New Yorker’s investigation into the “making of the Fox News White House.”

A New Age of Enlightenment: Spiritual Warriors Motivated By Love

A New Age of Enlightenment: Spiritual Warriors Motivated By LoveIn this time of upheaval, with old systems fighting to keep a stronghold on established patriarchal forms of hierarchy and separation, we are each being summoned to embrace our spiritual warrior to make a difference in our world. We are called to stand in sacred truth...

What’s the Real American Story?

What’s the Real American Story?
Donald Trump has perfected the art of telling a fake story about America. The only way to counter that is to tell the real story of America.

Restoring Harmony and Balance to Ourselves and the World Around Us

Restoring Harmony and Balance to Ourselves and the World Around Us
It is time to start a revolution and envision a new society — a sacred society that arises from a real desire for spiritual transformation and the deep stirrings of love and compassion in our hearts. This society would consist of sisters and brothers working side by side in grace and harmony...

Compassionate Actions and Ripples of Change

Compassionate Actions and Ripples of Change
I believe there is. When we speak of activism, we usually think of organized activities. Yet beyond that, we all have opportunities to act in ways that reflect our desire for social justice and peace. Whether or not we’re “official” activists, we’re always taking action, all the time. Every day, we’re making choices that will impact not only our own future but also that of others.

Morphic Resonance: One Person Does Make A Difference

Morphic Resonance: One Person Does Make A Difference
The principle I am invoking here is called “morphic resonance,” a term coined by the biologist Rupert Sheldrake. It holds as a basic property of nature that forms and patterns are contagious: that once something happens somewhere, it induces the same thing to happen elsewhere.

3 Ways To Make Your Voice Heard Besides Protesting

3 Ways To Make Your Voice Heard Besides Protesting
Approximately one in five Americans participated in a protest or rally between early 2016 and early 2018, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

Why Setting Speed Limits Too Low Increases Fatal Crashes

Why Setting Speed Limits Too Low Increases Fatal CrashesSetting speed limits just five miles per hour below engineering recommendations produces a statistically significant decrease in total, fatal, and injury crashes, and property-damage-only crashes, according to researchers.

7 Reasons The World Is Actually Becoming A Better Place

7 Reasons The World Is Actually Becoming A Better PlaceSwedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite.

The World Peace Diet: Eating As A Political, Social, Spiritual Act

Eating As A Political, Social, Spiritual Act: The World Peace DietWe must believe that we are capable of creating “a place of love and mutual assistance and understanding.” This is how visionary Tim Berners-Lee described the utopianist John Perry Barlow at the time of his death, adding: “I don’t think he was naïve.”

Here’s The Case For Mandatory Voting In The U.S.

Here’s The Case For Mandatory Voting In The U.S.Elections play a distinctive role in strengthening democracy, and voting is a pivotal part of that process. That’s why new research makes the case for universal participation through mandatory voting.

Why We Should Pay Attention To The Voting Power Of Youth

Why We Should Pay Attention To The Voting Power Of YouthYouth turnout in the recent United States midterm elections was the highest it has been in 25 years. The midterms also saw the average age of congressional representatives go down by 10 years.

3 Ways The Women's Movement In US Politics Is Misunderstood

3 Ways The Women's Movement In US Politics Is MisunderstoodA record number of women are headed to statehouses and Capitol Hill in 2019. One hundred women were elected to the U.S. House, which means that at least 121 women will serve in the 116th Congress – up from the current 107.

How To Restore Trust In Governments and Institutions

How To Restore Trust In Governments and Institutions
Trust is at a breaking point. Trust in national institutions. Trust among states. Trust in the rules-based global order. Within countries, people are losing faith in political establishments, polarization is on the rise and populism is on the march.

Congress for Life? The Problem of Careerism in Congress and a Case For Term Limits

Congress for Life? The Problem of Careerism in Congress and a Case For Term Limits
For our first 125 years, about 35 percent of the members of the House retired before every election, because they believed that was good for them and good for the nation. Congressmen had not yet learned the art of feathering their own nests with hundred-thousand-dollar salaries, million-dollar pensions, large and obsequious staffs, and all the perks and privileges that power is heir to. In short, remaining in Congress for decades was not as attractive then as now.

We Are Responsible For The Mess We Made... Now Let's Fix It

We Are Responsible For The Mess We Made... Now Let's Fix It
Now that's an intense statement: We are responsible for the mess we made! And for some, it might tend to bring up anger, defensiveness, guilt, shame, feelings of being blamed, discouragement, and other such emotions. However, for me, I see it as good news! If we are responsible for the mess we made, then we can clean it up, and we can fix it.

Republican Women Are Just Fine With Being Republican

Republican Women Are Just Fine With Being Republican
Republican women have faced a conundrum repeatedly in the last two years. In the cases of Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Brett Kavanaugh, the question facing them has been whether to support a male Republican leader accused of sexual assault – or to press for male accountability.

U.S. Mayors Desperate To Fix Crumbling Infrastructure But States, Feds Hold Them Back

U.S. Mayors Desperate To Fix Crumbling Infrastructure But States, Feds Hold Them Back
Disconnects between different levels of government make it challenging to address important challenges that confront American cities, such as fixing worn-out infrastructure. These issues require federal, state and city agencies to work together to identify funding – mostly from higher levels of government – and to plan and carry out projects.

What Damage Are We Doing To Our Children And Ourselves?

What Damage Are We Doing To Our Children And Ourselves
Sociologists understand experiences of violence and neglect in childhood are part of what’s known as a Toxic Socialization (TS) process. Put simply, TS is a socialization process characterized by violence and neglect. Violence includes emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical violence. Neglect includes neglect of our physical, emotional, psychological and cognitive needs.

Protesters Lose Public Support When They Get Violent

Protesters Lose Public Support When They Get Violent
Violent protests can undercut public support for popular causes, according to new research inspired by recent confrontations between white nationalist protesters and anti-racist counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berkeley, California.

How Moral Outrage Can Turn Into Social Change

How Moral Outrage Can Turn Into Social Change
While outrage is generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, new research suggests outrage—specifically, moral outrage—may have beneficial outcomes, such as inspiring people to take part in long-term collective action.

Global Healing and Renewal: Creating A Beloved Community

Global Healing and Renewal: Creating A Beloved Community
Let's dare to dream of a Beloved Community where starvation, famine, hunger, and malnutrition will not be tolerated because the civilized community of nations won't allow it. We should dare to dream of a world being reborn in freedom, justice, and peace, a world that nurtures all...

How The Internet Has Failed Democracy

How The Internet Has Failed Democracy
Hardly a week goes by without news of another data breach at a large corporation affecting millions, most recently Facebook. In 2016, the issue became political with evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election and the spectre of foreign control over public opinion.

A Time for Truth, A Time for Healing

A Time for Truth, A Time for Healing
There seems to be so many things going on these days that need to be addressed. I compare the situation to a "healing crisis". You may have had a weakness in your body for years, and then the situation becomes acute, obvious, and unacceptable. It is the same with the world around us...

The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward

The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward
For better or worse the radical remnants of the Republican party have now captured the American government completely. Whether they can hold it more than a month is all that is left to be seen.

Why Diversity Is Vital For A Healthy Democracy

Why Diversity Is Vital For A Healthy DemocracyDemocracy demands a robust contest of ideas to thrive, and diversity is the best way of protecting the democratic foundation of the American experiment, a new paper argues.

Who Can Save Our Democracy? Open Letter from Michael Moore

Who Can Save Our Democracy? Open Letter from Michael Moore
I ask one simple question in my new film: how the hell did we let this happen and what the hell do we do now? Democracy is not a guarantee. Freedom is not inevitable. All of the myths and heroic tales we've told ourselves about America have been exposed. The mask has been removed. And in the battle for the future of America, there is no guarantee of victory.

5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power

5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power

To those who take the bus or refuse plastic toothbrushes: Don’t listen to the cynics. Research shows the little things matter.

Making Society Civil Again

Making Society Civil AgainThe United States media has been awash with debates about civility in recent months after a number of officials in Donald Trump’s administration have been heckled and shamed in public places.

4 Ways To Defend Democracy And Protect Every Voter's Ballot

4 Ways To Defend Democracy And Protect Every Voter's Ballot4 Ways To Defend Democracy And Protect Every Voter's BallotAs voters prepare to cast their ballots in the November midterm elections, it’s clear that U.S. voting is under electronic attack. Russian government hackers probed some states’ computer systems in the runup to the 2016 presidential election and are likely to do so again – as might hackers from other countries or nongovernmental groups interested in sowing discord in American politics.

John McCain Helped Build A Country That No Longer Reflects His Values

John McCain Helped Build A Country That No Longer Reflects His Values

Arizona Sen. John McCain – scion of Navy brass, flyboy turned Vietnam war hero and tireless defender of American global leadership – has died after a year of treatment for terminal brain cancer.

“With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” McCain’s office said in a statement.

The Infantilization Of Western Culture

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What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse? If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries.

Can You Change the World with Civil Disobedience?

Can Civil Disobedience Change The World?
It is not often that a neighbourhood squabble is remembered as a world-historical event. In the summer of 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a single night in jail in Concord, Massachusetts after refusing to submit his poll tax to the local constable. This minor act of defiance would later be immortalised in Thoreau’s essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience’ (1849)

Millennials Are So Over US Domination Of World Affairs

Millennials Are So Over US Domination Of World Affairs

Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, see America’s role in the 21st century world in ways that, as a recently released study shows, are an intriguing mix of continuity and change compared to prior generations.

Why Politics Needs Hope Yet No Longer Inspires It

Why Politics Needs Hope Yet No Longer Inspires It
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word ‘hope’ was ubiquitous in Western politics. While its use in the Barack Obama presidential campaign has become iconic, appeal to hope was not limited to the United States: the Leftist Greek Syriza party relied on the slogan ‘hope is on the way’.

Why Mexico's Election Was A Victory For Democracy Itself

Why Mexico's Election Was A Victory For Democracy Itself
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, won a landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential elections. He now stands poised to form the country’s first left-wing government for generations, and his triumph has stirred great hope – but it comes with enormous challenges.

Why Mexico's Historic Elections May Bring About Big Change

Why Mexico's Historic Elections May Bring About Big Change
The election of a leftist party in Mexico for the first time in decades has the potential to transform the country as it dislodges its ruling elite, challenges the economic consensus and promises to eradicate violence and corruption.

The Hope Of A Blue Wave Is Dangerous To Democracy

The Hope Of A Blue Wave Is Dangerous To DemocracyThe best way to discourage voting—and thwart democracy—is to predict a big win for any party. Here’s what the primaries are indicating about the political landscape ahead of the midterms.

Exploring Common Ground To Preserve And Enhance Our Quality Of Life

Exploring Common Ground To Preserve And Enhance Our Quality Of Life
People can no longer leave sociocultural, as well as economic, decisions to a few controllers, while themselves concentrating on a range of personal problems from the search for shelter to a good vacation spot. We now need to admit that each of us must be concerned with the total situation of our society...

How Christian Media Is Shaping American Politics

How Christian Media Is Shaping American Politics
For Americans growing up between the 1950s and the 1980s, religion was not a regular presence on television. Today is different, however. Not only are there entire networks devoted to religious broadcasting, but also Christian television has moved directly into covering news and politics, reaching millions of Americans daily with a conservative perspective on current events.

How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership

How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership
Motherhood is taking center stage in U.S. politics. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland’s Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin’s Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies.

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