Category Archives: Democracy in Danger

The peril of political power

CHANGING A VOTER’S MIND                         

  Do Facts Matter?  To persuade a misinformed voter — to reject false knowledge, change policy views, disagree with friends, agree with former enemies, and perhaps abandon leaders, or even a political party, requires an enormous amount of effort and resources.   … Continue reading

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 AN AUTOMATIC FACT DETECTOR

As A Political Immune System  Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating                                              inside him. It … Continue reading

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ENLIGHTENED SELF-INTEREST

Collaboration Makes Us Smarter  Self-interest and community interests are reciprocal. Marilyn Ferguson No president is an island. It takes a whole village to run a democracy. None of us is as smart as all of us, Kenneth Blanchard. When will … Continue reading

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Or “Stay The Course?”  There is an old joke about a man, who asks a stranger the way to Edinburgh,                               to which the stranger replies: “If … Continue reading

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DIVIDED WE STAND

And Continue To Stand Divided  We have met the enemy and he is us.  Pogo American democracy is “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. And we the people are the enemy of a united America today. … Continue reading

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HOW MANY TIMES

Can They Pretend They Don’t See? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.  Bob Dylan How many times must a president tell a lie, before we know he isn’t truthful? How many times must a president display incompetence, … Continue reading

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REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC GANGS

American Political Tribalism When Americans hear about “tribalism,” they often imagine a faraway land where one    ethnic or religious faction mercilessly persecutes another for generations. Only recently have many in this country begun to appraise the extent of tribalism at … Continue reading

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HOW MANY POLITICIANS DOES IT TAKE

To Abandon Democracy In America?  It only takes one, but the one has to be the President of the United States.  The American political system relies on the personal qualities of the man or woman who wields the awesome powers … Continue reading

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COLLATERAL DAMAGE

 The Consequence Of Political Polarization*  Bandwagon Bias Is The Culprit Polarization: Division into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs. Bandwagon Bias: Our tendency to go along with belief systems of groups we are involved with. Also … Continue reading

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“INFO-MANIACS”

Where Have You Gone?  Information is not knowledge. Albert Einstein In 1993 I identified “infomania” as one of four future neuroses that becomes a disability and inhibits creative decision making. *  Info-maniacs worship facts. My point was that info-mania was … Continue reading

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