As reported by Naomi Klein in This Will Change Everything (p. 118), in 2010 Public Opinion Strategies found that three-quarters of voters, including a vast majority of Republicans, supported a plan that “would make oil and gas companies pay for the pollution they cause,… encourage the creation of new jobs and new technologies in cleaner energy…., [and] protect working families, so it refunds all of the money it collects directly to the American people, like a tax refund, and most families end up better off.”
Steven Pinker Thinks the Future Is Looking Bright led me to Steven Pinker’s new book on the Enlightenment is a huge hit. Too bad it gets the Enlightenment wrong. Then I re-read the first piece. It does seem Pinker focuses on rationalism and material measures, and neglect moral issues, such as “Rousseau worried that as civilization progressed according to reason, the cost was moral degradation.”
1) How should political activists improve how they operate?
2) May I identify you as the author of your response?
How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross
Ask “Tell me about yourself.”
Be genuinely curious.
This is the explosive speech by Anand Giridharadas to the Aspen elite that led to the fantastic book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, which I just finished and highly recommend. https://medium.com/@AnandWrites/the-thriving-world-the-wilting-world-and-you-209ffc24ab90
A valuable report, but I disagree when he opposes “advocating policies that are broadly popular with the American public.”
By Shariff M. Abdullah
For the longest time, all during the presidential campaign, I kept telling people to STOP paying attention to the Twitter shenanigans of Donald Trump. He is a sociopath, a charlatan, and will be one of our most failed presidents. Not because of his agenda, but because of his lack of one. His role is to further the continued unraveling of this society. Just stop paying attention. I see no need to feed his ego need for notoriety by paying any more attention to him than the sentences I just wrote.
However, there’s a real story here, one that most of the Left and the mainstream media are choosing not to follow. This story is not about Trump. The story is about the people who voted for him, and made him President of the United States….