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….
“There is a grief that can never be solved. And that’s what fuels you and confounds you in equal measure. It gives you a motor”
Tom Vilsack, a former Democratic governor of Iowa who went on to be secretary of agriculture under President Barack Obama, has outlined a “four-pillar” rural and agricultural program that Democrats could adopt, including an emphasis on exports, economic diversification and conservation. See https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/47/reconnecting-with-rural-america/
Looking forward toward 2020, Democratic prospects of wresting control of the upper chamber are bleak.