Politics

‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’… through the Elections

‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’… through the Elections

As Neil Postman argued, television has helped turn presidential elections into forms of entertainment. 

Tocqueville Sure Pegged the 2016 Election Right…

Tocqueville Sure Pegged the 2016 Election Right…

"By this system the people shake off their state of dependence just long enough to select their master, and then relapse into it again."

Why is it always Canada?

Why is it always Canada?

People reveal a lot about their biases by where they choose to go if Trump wins.

Americans Don’t Read… and That’s Affecting Our Elections

Americans Don’t Read… and That’s Affecting Our Elections

"How can any Man judge, unless his Mind has been opened and enlarged by Reading?" - John Adams

Should you retreat from the public square?

Should you retreat from the public square?

More and more people are opting out of civic engagement. It's a big mistake.

What Black Lives Matter Should Protest

What Black Lives Matter Should Protest

The group wants a teacher fired now, maybe it should change its focus.

Science: Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals (and extremists are happier than moderates)
8 Quotes for Election Season from Saul Bellow

8 Quotes for Election Season from Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow (1915-2005) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. 

How the Islamic State is Using Schools to Indoctrinate Children

How the Islamic State is Using Schools to Indoctrinate Children

All education has a purpose, some purposes are worse than others, though. 

BBC Headline: ‘Teaching migrants how to behave’

BBC Headline: ‘Teaching migrants how to behave’

That says a lot about the culture clash. 

61% of Americans believe Immigration Jeopardizes the Country?

61% of Americans believe Immigration Jeopardizes the Country?

That’s what Bloomberg is reporting.  

A Colossal Wreck: Our Sad Presidential Politics

A Colossal Wreck: Our Sad Presidential Politics

The presidential candidates are us. Are they corrupt, greedy and base? We are too.

Politicians … Can you ever trust them?

Politicians … Can you ever trust them?

Mitt Romney on Trump: 2016 vs. 2012

Jimmy Kimmel, George Washington, and Unhappiness in the U.S.

Jimmy Kimmel, George Washington, and Unhappiness in the U.S.

...And we wonder why there's so much unrest and discontent in the U.S.

It Shouldn't Matter Who the President Is
Tocqueville: Love of Equality Leads to Hatred

Tocqueville: Love of Equality Leads to Hatred

He warns that the drive for equality ultimately will tear people apart.

Tina Fey Savages Hollywood Hypocrisy

Tina Fey Savages Hollywood Hypocrisy

“This is some real Hollywood bullsh–“

No, slavery didn’t build America.

No, slavery didn’t build America.

It’s a popular narrative, but history doesn’t support it. 

You’ll never be Equal Enough

You’ll never be Equal Enough

Severed from its traditional meaning, eventually the aim for equality could actually tear society apart.

Super Tuesday Polls: Who will dominate?

Super Tuesday Polls: Who will dominate?

It very well may be Trump vs. Hillary come November. 

Is Google Influencing People’s Opinions of Presidential Candidates?

Is Google Influencing People’s Opinions of Presidential Candidates?

It’s something to seriously consider as we head into the general election this November.

Dr. Seuss’ Advice for ‘Super Tuesday’ Voters
Diversity vs. Academic Excellence

Diversity vs. Academic Excellence

It’s tough to have both as the University of Minnesota seems to be experiencing. 

Here's the Best Predictor of Support for Donald Trump

Here's the Best Predictor of Support for Donald Trump

It's not income, education, or age...

Is the Supreme Court Today More Powerful Than the Founders Intended?

Is the Supreme Court Today More Powerful Than the Founders Intended?

The Supreme Court wasn’t always the political power house that we know it today.

‘Idiocracy’ Writer: The Fictional Movie Has Become a ‘Documentary’
One Reason a Border Wall makes some People Uncomfortable

One Reason a Border Wall makes some People Uncomfortable

A wall has a purpose which ultimately strikes at the heart of our modern, cultural orthodoxies.

George Washington’s Secret to Successful Government

George Washington’s Secret to Successful Government

As we continue on the elusive quest for an ideal 45th president, perhaps we would benefit from examining the first: George Washington.

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