Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime or Would You Conform?

Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime Or Would You Conform? Here's The Science
Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the best people could hope for, being powerless to kick against the system. But her sequel, The Testaments, raises the possibility that individuals, with suitable luck, bravery and cleverness, can fight back.

Why More Mental Health Care Won't Stop The Gun Epidemic

Why More Mental Health Care Won't Stop The Gun Epidemic
Guns exact a heavy toll on the American public every day. On the average day, around 100 people die from a gun death. Because of the rise in gun deaths in recent years, the nation now faces a serious man-made epidemic.

Here's What Happens When Political Bubbles Collide

Here's What Happens When Political Bubbles Collide
Social media has transformed how people talk to each other. But social media platforms are not shaping up to be the utopian spaces for human connection their founders hoped.

What If We Ran Society Not Based On The Market But On Evidence?

Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings – the then campaign director of Vote Leave – published a series of blog posts describing how the campaign was run and what his plans were for a successful civil service.
Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings – the then campaign director of Vote Leave – published a series of blog posts describing how the campaign was run and what his plans were for a successful civil service.

How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?

How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?
Four hundred and thirty-two days prior to the election and 158 days before the Iowa caucus, millions of Americans were expected to tune in for the second round of Democratic debates.

Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears

Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears
Vegan activists have historically been vocal in their ‘meat is murder’ campaigns. With a plant-based protein revolution upon us, it’s time vegans rethought their tactics.

Choosing to Love the World (and Those On It) More

Choosing to Love the World (and Those On It) MoreLove... has it become a "four-letter word"? In many cases, love has become equated with other things such as attention, rewards, approval, etc. In many cases, what is depicted in movies as love is simply a need for someone or something -- either a need for security, approval, etc.

Daring To Dream Of A World That Nurtures All

Global Healing and Renewal: Creating A Beloved CommunityLet'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...

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.

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...

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InnerSelf Newsletter: September 6, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
We see life through the lenses of our perception. Stephen R. Covey wrote: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” So this week, we take a look at some…
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When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action
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When Your Back Is Against The Wall
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by InnerSelf Staff
Everyone probably can agree that we are living in strange times... new experiences, new attitudes, new challenges. But we can be encouraged in remembering that everything is always in flux,…