Why I Find Hillary Clinton Trustworthy

Why I Find Hillary Clinton TrustworthyHillary Clinton’s 6-point lead over Donald Trump in last month’s CBS News poll has now evaporated. As of mid-July (even before Trump enjoys a predictable post-convention bump in the polls) she is tied with him.  Each garners the support of 40 percent of voters.

What’s Mike Pence Got to Offer Donald Trump?

What’s Mike Pence Got to Offer Donald Trump? If, as multiple reports indicate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, it may be for his connections to party conservatives — especially those who fund campaigns.

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say To A Donald Trump?

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say To A Donald Trump?As the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump could learn a lot from his party’s first president, Abraham Lincoln. He should start with religion and immigration, topics on which he has appealed to fear and bigotry rather than “the better angels of our nature" as Lincoln did.

Getting Illegal Foreign Money Into US Campaigns Is Easy Now

Getting Illegal Foreign Money Into US Campaigns Is Easy NowAs campaign-finance reform advocates pounce on Donald Trump’s bizarre — because it’s blatantly illegal — spamming of overseas lawmakers with fundraising emails, a veteran commissioner of the Federal Election Commission is already plan to offer new proposals to keep foreign money out of US political campaigns.

What Does It Truly Mean To Be Patriotic?

patriotism 7 4Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarified that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest.”

Robert Reich's Big Idea for Hillary

Robert Reich's Big Idea for HillaryIf Donald Trump continues to implode, Hillary Clinton will win simply by being the presidential candidate who isn’t Trump.

A Psychologist Explains Why Populism Is Popular

A Psychologist Explains Why Populism Is PopularThis was once a referendum about whether or not the UK should remain in the EU. But not anymore. The referendum has effectively turned into a plebiscite about diversity and tolerance vs divisiveness and hatred

Did the Press Take Down Bernie Sanders?

Did the Press Take Down Bernie Sanders?The rebellious nature of the Vermont senator's presidential bid didn't fit the mainstream media's predetermined scenario.

Why We Shouldn't Dismiss The Bilderberg Conspiracies

Dresden, the setting of Bilderberg 2016. Jiuguang Wang, CC BY-SAWe live in an age of conspiracies about a world shaped by shadowy plots, secret organisations and deals made behind closed doors. And while they are often viewed as the fictions of sad people wearing anoraks and tin foil hats, they can relate to the real business of global politics.

Ancient Greeks Would Not Recognize Our Democracy

Pericles had some rather advanced ideas about politics. PabloEscudero, CC BY-SAWe owe to the ancient Greeks much, if not most of our own current political vocabulary. All the way from anarchy and democracy to politics itself. But their politics and ours are very different beasts. To an ancient Greek democrat (of any stripe), all our modern democratic systems would count as “oligarchy”.

What Are The Roots Of Socialism And Democracy?

Bonobos can inspire us to make our democracies more peaceful. Wikipedia, CC BY-SABonobos, sometimes called the “forgotten ape” due to their recent discovery and small numbers, titillate the democrat’s imagination. Before the 1970s, certain primatologists thought bonobos were strange chimpanzees because females govern in this primate society.

Next Step for Humans: Becoming Fully Alive

Next Step for Humans: Becoming Fully AliveThe journey to a new way to be human involves mindful choices. The freedom to nurture, cultivate, and choose is a gift that begins with you. So — what will you do? Who will you be? Your choices and mine matter...

Robert Reich On Why Trump Might Win

Robert Reich On Why Trump Might WinA new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March.

The Tightening Of The American Mind

The Tightening Of The American MindFor the past 10 months, Donald Trump has been a political enigma. Against the predictions of journalists, policy wonks and odds makers, a tabloid darling with no political experience and few coherent policies is now poised to be the Republican nominee for president.

In Defense of Left-Wing Populism

In Defense Of Left-wing PopulismWe are witnessing a crisis of representative democracy in most European countries. As I argued in “On the Political”, this is the outcome of the “consensus at the centre” established under the neoliberal hegemony between centre-right and centre-left parties.

Trump And Clinton : Proof That US Voting System Doesn’t Work?

Trump And Clinton : Proof That US Voting System Doesn’t Work?Having outlasted all his opponents, Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton is closing in on locking up the Democratic nomination.

The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan DemocratsNow that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, we are likely to get all sorts of mainstream media analysis about how his narrow pathway to Election Day victory runs through white working-class America, the way Ronald Reagan’s did, while the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, must corral young people, minorities and the well-educated.

Why Hillary Clinton's Promise Of A Gender-Equal Cabinet Is A Smart Move

Why Hillary Clinton's Promise Of A Gender-equal Cabinet Is So ShrewdAt a recent “Town Hall” debate Hillary Clinton announced that she would appoint a cabinet that is half female if she is elected president. When questioned by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Clinton pledged: “Well, I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50% of America is women, right?”

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big DreamsThe race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done, right? But...

What's The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics?

The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment PoliticsWill Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

The Origin of the Original May Day Workers' Holiday

On May Day

It's often forgotten, but the May Day holiday, the original, real, workers' holiday, originated in the U.S. And specifically it originated to honor the memory of labor's four martyrs unjustly sent to the gallows, in an atmosphere of hysteria and anti-worker oppression after the so-called Haymarket "riot" of 130 years ago, on May 4, 1886.

Bernie And Hilllary In A Sterling Example of Democracy in Action

Illustration by DonkeyHotey under a Creative Commons license.The back-and-forth has forced both candidates to raise their game.  Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime.The back-and-forth has forced both candidates to raise their game.  

What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring

Frances Moore LappeYesterday was the most important day of my life. I walked up to the Capitol building and sat on the steps with more than 400 people. When asked to move, we refused and were arrested. We committed nonviolent civil disobedience together to protest the power of money in politics and support the restoration of real democracy.

Can We Replace Politicians With Robots?

Can We Replace Politicians With Robots?If you had the opportunity to vote for a politician you totally trusted, who you were sure had no hidden agendas and who would truly represent the electorate’s views, you would, right?

Why The Major Media Marginalize Bernie Sanders

Why The Major Media Marginalize Bernie Sanders“Bernie is doing well but he can’t possibly win the nomination,” a friend told me for what seemed like the thousandth time, attaching an article from one of the nation’s leading newspapers showing how far behind Bernie remains in delegates.

Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)

Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)The kid was not your typical feminist. Granted, he did stand out for a 20-something living in central Maine. In these parts, his male peers’ uniform tends to be Carhartts, work boots, a beard, and a woolen cap. This fellow slinked up to the microphone in skinny suit pants and a hipster jacket.

The Waning Influence of American Political Parties, Just Ask Millennials

The Waning Influence Of American Political PartiesYoung Americans don’t care much for political parties. According to the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of millennials (ages 18-33) identify as independents. That’s almost as many as identify as Democrats (28 percent) and Republicans (18 percent) put together.

How The Legacies Of The Tea Party And Occupy Are Shaping The 2016 Race

How The Legacies Of The Tea Party And Occupy Are Shaping The 2016 RaceAs they continue to tear up their respective parties, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are tapping into rich veins of “anti-establishment” fury. And while they’ve managed to create movements of a force not seen at the ballot box in years, they clearly owe a debt to the US’s two biggest protest movements of recent years: on the right, the Tea Party, and on the left, Occupy.

A Parable:How the Peoples Party Prevailed in 2020

clinton ryan 3 23Third parties have rarely posed much of a threat to the dominant two parties in America. So how did the People’s Party win the U.S. presidency and a majority of both houses of Congress in 2020?

A Long And Unfinished Road to Democracy

US Embassy photo by Vince Alongi

The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. Jefferson insisted, "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.”

American Elections Are Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

American Elections Are Ranked Worst Among Western DemocraciesThe world is currently transfixed by the spectacle of American elections.  From New York, London and Paris to Beijing, Moscow, and Sydney there is endless heated debate in the news media and across dinner tables about the factors fueling the remarkable success of Donald Trump

How 5 Prisons Are Improving Life On The Inside

Inmates label trays and replant seedlings in a Conservation Nursery Program hoop house at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. Photo by Benjamin Drummond/Sara Joy SteeleFor the roughly 2.2 million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails, daily life is often violent, degrading, and hopeless. In a 2010 study of inmates released from 30 prisons, the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found that more than three-quarters were arrested for a new crime within five years of being freed.

This Time, They’re Coming for Your Democracy

This Time, They’re Coming for Your DemocracyTwelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and it rapidly rose up The New York Times’ best-seller list. In it, Perkins describes his career convincing heads of state to adopt economic policies that impoverished their countries and undermined democratic institutions. These policies helped to enrich tiny, local elite groups while padding the pockets of

Why It's Time To End In Person Voting For Good

Why It's Time To End In Person Voting For GoodA line snakes down the sidewalk at Western High School in Las Vegas during the Nevada Republican presidential caucus.During President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he called for reforms to the voting process, saying, “We’ve got to make it easier to vote, not harder. We need to modernize it for the way we live now.”

How Not To Wind Up Voting For A President You Don't Agree With

But did you vote for the candidate that best matches your beliefs? jamelah e., CC BY-NC-NDWhen any American enters the voting booth, he (or she) is free to cast his private ballot for any candidate he favors. On the surface, this seems rather obvious, and easy. We each privately vote for the candidate we wish to support. We choose based on our preferences, so we vote correctly, right?

Trump And Clinton Triumph: 3 Scholars React

Trump And Clinton Triumph: 3 Scholars  ReactOn Super Tuesday, voters from more than a dozen U.S. states vote in presidential primaries with important consequences for the candidates. We asked three scholars in different parts of the world to comment on the results and what they mean for the presidential race going forward.

Global Transformation: Remembering Our Oneness

Global Transformation: Remembering Our OnenessEverything seems to be changing! What is new is that now, at the beginning of this millennium, the whole planet is in therapy. Planetary therapy takes us on a journey in which we discover that we are all evolving into a higher level of awareness, one that is not limited by our false sense of separation and powerlessness...

What Role Were You Born To Play In Social Change?

What Role Were You Born To Play In Social Change?Bill Moyer was a street-wise, working class white boy from rowhouse Philadelphia, who — in the turbulence of the 1960s — went to Chicago to work for an anti-racist housing campaign.

It Takes a Movement To Bring About Change

It Takes a Movement To Bring About Change“I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,’” Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders’s proposals.  "That ain’t the real world we’re living in.“

How To Unleash The Wisdom Of Crowds

How To Unleash The Wisdom Of CrowdsThe great Victorian polymath, Sir Francis Galton was at a country fair in 1906, so the story goes, and came across a competition where you had to guess the weight of an ox. Once the competition was over Galton, an ...

Direct Democracy May Be Key To A Happier American Democracy

Direct Democracy May Be Key To A Happier American DemocracyAccording to recent research, it may not be. Martin Gilens at Princeton University confirms that the wishes of the American working and middle class play essentially no role in our nation’s policy making.

12 People Who Made a Difference (And You Can Too!)

12 People Who Made a Difference (And You Can Too!)Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of their voice and the strength of their ideals. The truth is this: it is the initiatives of deeply caring people that provide the firmament for our democracy.

Managing One's Energy and Learning to Step Away

Managing One's Energy and Learning to Step AwayOur “civilized” societies often direct attention away from the need for an individual to act authentically — that is, driven not by externally motivated desires but from genuine internal impulses. It is time to be open to changing the rigidity of our embedded thoughts, beliefs, and...

By Playing Serious Games,Adults Learn To Solve Thorny Real World Problems

By Playing Serious Games,Adults Learn To Solve Thorny Real World ProblemsIt is never easy for interest groups with conflicting views to resolve public policy disagreements involving complex scientific issues. To successfully formulate complex treaties, such as the recent Paris Climate Change Agreement, countries must find a way to meet the interests of almost 200 national representatives, while simultaneously getting the science right. Lowest common denominator political agreements that don’t actually solve the problem are useless.

Ending The Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

Ending The Vicious Cycle of Wealth and PowerWhat’s at stake this election year? Let me put as directly as I can. America has succumbed to a vicious cycle in which great wealth translates into political power, which generates even more wealth, and even more power.

The Rhetorical Brilliance Of Trump The Demagogue

The Rhetorical Brilliance Of Trump The DemagogueDonald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the media and religious groups.

Save the Planet By Unleashing Our Dreams

Save the Planet By Unleashing Our DreamsWe need green visions for less carbon and poverty---but also for more fun and joy. At a time when ecological destruction is more dire than ever, the work of  protecting the planet depends on dreamers just as much as of scientists, activists, public officials and business leaders.

Going From Hiding to Caring: What Can I Do?

Going From Hiding to Caring: What Can I Do?Unfortunately, one of the repercussions of modern life with all our TVs and modern conveniences and big cities, is that we have become separated from our neighbors and from the people we see daily. We treat them all as strangers. We have become strangers in a strange land.

How Journalists Can Start Winning The Battle Against Politicians' Lies

How Journalists Can Start Winning The Battle Against Politicians' LiesPoliticians lie. To varying degrees, they always have. But it is starting to seem that that truism is more true than it has ever been. In 2012, American political commentator Charles P. Pierce claimed that the Republican Party was setting out in search of the “event horizon of utter bullshit” at its national convention that year.

The Factors Affecting Minority Voter Turnout

The Factors Affecting Minority Voter TurnoutAs the 2016 presidential election approaches, both Republicans and Democrats are courting minority voters – a group that is growing in numbers and electoral clout.

How Bernie Sanders Really Is Changing Democracy

How Bernie Sanders Really Is Changing DemocracyAfter months of expectation, US senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has at last given what might be remembered as one of the landmark speeches of the 2016 election: an explanation and defence of his position as a “democratic socialist”.

How To Persuade Others By Using Their Values

How To Persuade Others By Using Their ValuesIn today’s American politics, it might seem impossible to craft effective political messages that reach across the aisle on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, national health insurance, and military spending.

Who is Justin Trudeau?

Who is Justin Trudeau?After a hard-fought election, Canada’s Liberal party has won a decisive parliamentary majority, and Canada will soon have an unfamiliar prime minister with a familiar last name. But 43-year-old Justin Trudeau’s rise to the top of Canadian politics was far from certain, even despite his remarkable political pedigree.

How Politics Became A Haven Of Resentment And Rage

How Politics Became A Haven Of Resentment And RageThe latest Republican presidential primary debate had it all: denunciations of President Obama, angry rants about America’s future, and all manner of bile. It seems like a new low – but in reality, Republican candidates have been singing this tune for years.

Why Small Government Is Good For The Few But For The Many, Not So Much

Why Small Government Is Good For The Few But For The Many, Not So MuchWhat’s better at creating happiness – the government or the market? Conservatives say market forces should reign in all aspects of political and personal life. They say that only completely unregulated markets can create a flourishing economy.

Reflecting On New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Reflecting On New Orleans 10 Years After KatrinaIn this season of anniversaries, no two are more stark in their parallels than Ferguson a year after the shooting of Michael Brown and New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 and displaced thousands.

Making a Difference in Small or Big Ways

Making a Difference in Small or Big WaysMost people agree on what they want out of life. They want the basics -- food, clothing, shelter, health. They want a beautiful and healthy environment. They want opportunities -- education, jobs, and personal growth. They want dignity, a spiritual life, love, peace...

Does Understanding Social Psychology Make You More Liberal?

Does Understanding Social Psychology Made You More Liberal?Is the field of social psychology biased against political conservatives? There has been intense debate about this question since an informal poll of over 1,000 attendees at a social psychology meeting in 2011 revealed the group to be overwhelmingly liberal.

Modern Trade Agreements Are Designed To Circumvent Pesky Labor, Environment And Health Laws

Modern Trade Agreements Are Designed To Circumvent Pesky Labor, Environment And Health LawsWhat if a trade agreement were designed to protect and nurture labor rather than capital? On May 8th at Nike’s headquarters, President Obama denounced opponents of the hotly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership as ill informed. “(C)ritics warn that parts of this deal would undermine American regulation….They’re making this stuff up.  This is just not true.  No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.”

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

world happiness reportEveryone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy making. As this year’s World Happiness Report states, “Happiness is increasingly considered a proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy.” But what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness?

A New Mind for a New World: Empowering a New Paradigm

A New Mind for a New World: Empowering a New ParadigmIt is important that we ourselves participate in an effort to shift our thinking patterns, to develop a new mind-set. If a person’s mind-set is rigidly fixed into the old patterns of thinking, then that person will feel threatened by drastic change. The person may even try to...

Support Is Needed, Not Denial and Suppression

Support Is Needed—
Not Denial and SuppressionMake no mistake: we’re in the midst of an evolution of consciousness. We can cocreate a planet that works for everyone. We can redirect success from profit and pollution to true sustainability. We can reactivate an Eden in which our new fertile crescents and restored ecosystems grow and grow while we give back to the Earth rather than take from it.

The Other One Percent

The Other One PercentAs a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln who said that “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Will A New Civil Rights Movement Emerge In The Wake Of Police Shootings?

civil rights movementRecent widespread attention to shocking instances of alleged police misconduct – the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and now Walter Scott – have rallied voices across the country in defense of equal protection under the rule of law.

Why Forgetting Baltimore Is A Big Mistake

Why Forgetting Baltimore Is A Big MistakeSuddenly, the mass media is writing about or televising the conditions in West Baltimore. Conditions that Washington Post columnist, Eugene Robinson, summarized as decades long “suffocating poverty, dysfunction and despair.”

The Greater Good And Why It Matters More Than Ever

The Greater Good And Why It Matters More Than EverAlthough the term civilization has less currency today than it once did, most of us see ourselves as living in a civilization. And, as posited by John Ralston Saul, our understanding of civilization tends to be centred on a sense of shared destiny; on shared interests, collective purpose and a common future.

Just How Did America Became an Oligarchy Instead Of A Democracy?

Just How Did America Became an Oligarchy?According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters.

The Shift From Domination to Partnership: At Home, At Work, Worldwide, and with Nature

The Shift From Domination to Partnership: At Home, At Work, Worldwide, and with NatureThere are two fundamentally different models for all relationships: the partnership model and the domination model. These two underlying models mold all our relationships -- from relationships between parents and children and between women and men to the relations between governments and citizens and between us and nature.

Do Our Genes Tell Us How To Vote?

Do Our Genes Tell Us How To Vote?As a society we believe that our political allegiance depends on which party best marries up with our needs and values – and that these are shaped by our life experiences. But research with twins suggests picking who to vote for in an election might have more to do with your genes than the policies of the parties.

How To Spot The BS In Election Campaigns and Debates

How To Spot The BS In Election Campaigns And DebatesAs we battle on through TV election debates, some are already rolling their eyes. Many have stopped following the news altogether for fear of seeing more coverage. Why do we loathe elections so deeply? The answer, I believe, can be captured in one word: bullshit.

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