What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look Like

What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look LikeHillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost.

Social Wellness: Do Your Personal Choices Matter?

Social Wellness: Do Your Personal Choices Matter?Culture is the result of thousands, upon millions, upon billions of tiny, mundane choices made by individuals. We are embedded in our culture. We participate in its creation through a thousand quotidian decisions...

Why All Progressives Must Vote For Hillary

Why All Progressives Must Vote For HillaryI continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals, but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

How We Can Choose the Greater Good on Election Day

 How We Can Choose the Greater Good on Election DayThose angry Bernie supporters who are so turned off by Hillary that they plan to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or even Darn Old Trump may be shooting themselves -- and indeed the entire body politic -- in the head...

Death Not Prosperity Predicts The Top-rated Presidents

us presidents 10 12When two politics professors compared how historians rate presidents against the number of Americans who died in wars fought during those presidents’ terms, they noticed a troubling pattern

Will This Election Inspire a Democratic Awakening?

Will This Election Inspiring a Democratic Awakening?It would be wrong to ignore the psychological, social and political damage this poisonous election is causing. When the movement called Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism, an effort to awaken therapists to their public responsibilities.

American Politics Is Officially In The Gutter

American Politics Is Officially In The GutterThe second US presidential election debate was widely billed as a heavyweight bout. In the event it was a score draw – but the clear loser was the American political process.

What's In A Name? How A Democracy Becomes An Aristocracy

What's In A Name? How A Democracy Becomes An AristocracyIs there something about the deep logic of democracy that destines it to succeed in the world? Democracy, the form of politics that includes everyone as equals – does it perhaps suit human nature better than the alternatives?

What Are The Roots Of The New Corporate Activism?

When the Greensboro Four launched their sit-in protest, companies tended to stay neutral on social issues. Cewatkin via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SATarget recently staked out a position in the culture wars by announcing that it will build private bathrooms in all its locations, after earlier allowing transgender customers to use whichever room corresponds with their gender identity – both actions sparking anger from many conservatives.

How Trade And Immigration Are Colliding With The US Two-party System

How Trade And Immigration Are Colliding With The US Two-party SystemThis year, much interest is focused on what The Economist calls drawbridge politics. Voters who believe in leaving the drawbridge down, so to speak, see opportunities in open borders for immigrants and trade.

Wealthy Donors Are Trying To Buy School Board Elections

Wealthy Donors Are Trying To Buy School Board ElectionsLocal school board elections increasingly are becoming national political battlegrounds, as millions of dollars in campaign cash pours in from out-of-state donors in the name of education reform.

What Do The Clinton Charities Actually Do?

What Do The Clinton Charities Actually Do?Charities tied to the Clinton family have received seemingly endless scrutiny throughout the presidential campaign. They’ve been accused of wasting funds, offering access to donors and even serving as a personal “piggy bank” for the Clinton family.

What Would Sanity Do About The Upcoming Election?

What Would Sanity Do about the Upcoming Election?"America's two political parties spent $4 billion on the last election and it worked -- the American people were soundly defeated." (Swami Beyondananda)  We've been hearing for years the contextual question, "What would Jesus do?" So I offer my own question:  What would sanity do?

We, the Plutocrats vs We, the People

We, the Plutocrats vs We, the PeopleSixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline ProtestOver the past month, thousands of protesters, including Native Americans from more than 100 tribes across the country, have traveled to North Dakota to help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built.

Is The Internet A Help Or Hindrance To Democracy?

Is The Internet A Help Or Hindrance To Democracy?The internet has rewired civil society, propelling collective action into a radically new dimension. Democracy is now not only exercised at the ballot box, but lived and experienced online on a day-to-day basis.

How Corporate Newsrooms Are Failing America

How Corporate Newsrooms Are Failing AmericaThis ad in The Washington Post jumped out at me. In one tight photograph, it quickly telegraphs what’s wrong with the news media today and why the audience isn’t growing.

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is More Effective Than You Think

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is A More Effective Than You ThinkThe New York Times article “The 258 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter” is a pretty good indicator of the level of discourse of the Republican Party’s nominee for US president in November’s election.

How We Can Break the Cycle of Fear and Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Fear and ViolenceFrom an early age, my parents helped me to look at problems in the world not as monsters to fear but as opportunities for healing. I learned that there aren't really any monsters, just people who have been hurt and then take their hurt out on others. 'However bad things are,' my mom used to tell me, 'is exactly how much better they can be with a change.'

Why Global Populism Is Here To Stay

Why Global Populism Is Here To StayWhen it comes to politics, 2016 has been a very strange year to say the least. Things that aren’t “supposed to happen” – well, they just keep happening.

Are US Voters Losing Faith In Democracy?

Are US Voters Losing Faith In Democracy?From media and money to political polarization, the 2016 United States presidential election is rewriting the rules of the game, says Nate Persily, a law professor of law at Stanford University.

One Way the 2016 Election Is Obviously Rigged

One Way the 2016 Election Is Obviously RiggedHillary Clinton has put the Electoral College into checkmate. She’s closer to Donald Trump in many red states like Kansas and Texas than he is to her in key swing states.

5 Reasons to Hold Your Nose And Vote

5 Reasons to Hold Your Nose And Vote Even On Election Day, what do you do if you were a die-hard Bernie Sanders fan and are now faced with a ballot that offers you a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, whose favorability ratings are the worst among presidential candidates since CBS News and The New York Times started polling in 1984?

What Social Science Says How A Female President Might Lead?

What Social Science Says How A Female President Might Lead?In this year’s unorthodox presidential election season, the latest campaign foibles can sometimes obscure the unprecedented fact that one major-party candidate for highest office in the United States is a woman.

Can Foreign Hackers Actually Disrupt The U.S. Election?

Can Foreign Hackers Actually Disrupt The U.S. Election?There is a real possibility that hacking could affect the November presidential election, warns Herbert Lin, a cyberpolicy and security expert at Stanford University warns. But, he adds, a “baseline of hacking” among countries worldwide is occurring all the time.

Is The US Electoral System Really Rigged?

Is The US Electoral System Really Rigged?Many have speculated how a Trump victory would affect the U.S., but few have thought about the consequences of a Trump loss. After falling behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, Donald Trump has already developed a narrative for his exit: The election was rigged.

Congress Is Simply AWOL and Out of Control

Congress Is Simply AWOL and Out of ControlTaken as whole, with exceptions, the American people have the strangest attitude toward the Congress. Our national legislature spends nearly a quarter of our income and affects us one way or another every day of the year.

Is Donald Trump America's Post Hangover Selfie?

Is Donald Trump America's Post Hangover Selfie?Because a single powerful leader will draw from the rest of us powerful projections ranging from savior to devil, from healer to destroyer, I have long been interested, as a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst, in the relationship between politics, mythology and psychology. For people like me, this is our year.

Why Voter ID Laws Could Whitewash the Election

Why Voter ID Laws Could Whitewash the Election“The Federal District and Appeals Courts are willing to do what the Supreme Court wouldn’t do, which is acknowledge the reality that racial discrimination in voting persists today.”

Reflections On The Idea Of A Common Humanity

Reflections On The Idea Of A Common HumanityIt is striking how often people now speak of “a common humanity” in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship.

Is The US Constitution At Stake In This Year's Presidential Election?

If Senate Republicans are true to their word, the next president of the United States will nominate Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. Given the age of several other members of the Supreme Court and rumors of others’ retirement, it is likely the next president will make as many as four nominations.

The "New Deal" Left in the Democratic Party

bernie sander 8 11As we watch Bernie Sanders’ supporters struggling to come to terms with the nomination of Hillary Clinton, it makes sense to ask why leftists are involved in the Democratic Party in the first place.

Don't Bet The Farm The Amish Will Turn Out For Trump

Don't Bet the Farm The Amish will turn out for Trump?Supporters of Donald Trump’s campaign have recently employed an unorthodox tactic to secure additional votes in Pennsylvania and Ohio – forming a super PAC to mobilize Amish voters.

Why Political Corruption Is The Real Threat to American Sovereignty

Why Political Corruption Is The Real Threat to American Sovereignty“Without a border, we just don’t have a country,“ Donald Trump says repeatedly. For him, the biggest threats to American sovereignty are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as unwanted imports and undocumented immigrants.

How The GOP’s Cynical Election Strategy Is Imploding

How The GOP’s Cynical Election Strategy Is ImplodingAs Donald Trump enmeshed himself in a bitter fight with the parents of an American Muslim military hero — and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and John McCain looked to put distance between themselves and their party’s presidential nominee — there’s actually worse news for Republicans

Can Jill Stein Carry Bernie’s Baton?

Can Jill Stein Carry Bernie’s Baton?
Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate, with donations to her campaign exploding nearly 1000% after he endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders' New Our Revolution Movement Marches On

our revolution 8 4Pramila Jayapal, one of the standard-bearers for Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution movement, won a decisive victory in the primary race for Washington's 7th Congressional District Tuesday night and will advance to the November general election.

Why We Wait So Long To Talk About Traumatic Events

Why We Wait So Long To Talk About Traumatic EventsWhen longtime former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed suit July 6 for sexual harassment against the network’s former boss, Roger Ailes, the public response was less than kind. There were expressed disbelief and rebuttals that she was fabricating her story in retaliation for being fired.

Is The US Election Vulnerable To Hacking?

Is The US Election Vulnerable To Hacking?Following the hack of Democratic National Committee emails and reports of a new cyberattack against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, worries abound that foreign nations may be clandestinely involved in the 2016 American presidential campaign.

Clinton Vs. Trump: Whose Acceptance Speech Hit The Right Note?

Clinton Vs. Trump: Whose Acceptance Speech Hit The Right Note?At the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. Republican nominee Donald Trump did the same at the Republican National Convention.

Clinton's New College Compact Plan Explained

Clinton's New College Compact Plan ExplainedAhead of the Democratic National Convention – on July 5 – Hillary Clinton announced a set of new proposals on higher education.

How Gross Inequality And Crushed Hopes Have Fed The Rise Of Donald Trump

How Gross Inequality And Crushed Hopes Have Fed The Rise Of Donald TrumpDonald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?”Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?”

Trump Embraces Role Of Hero Of The Forgotten And Downtrodden

Trump Embraces Role Of Hero Of The Forgotten And DowntroddenDonald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency in a speech destined to be remembered by history as the “I am your voice” speech – a phrase that Trump repeated several times to tie together his themes of economic revitalization, military strength and government honesty.

Politics Serves As Therapy When Trump Takes The Stage

Politics Serves As Therapy When Trump Takes The StageSince the election of George W. Bush, I have been telling anyone who would listen that the 21st-century Republican Party was unlike any other centre-right political party.

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.

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