The Size of the Amygdala In Our Brains Affects Our Political Opinions

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives by Andrea Kuszewski Intersection Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and conservative thinking style? It may seem like a stretch to say that one could predict whether you lean left or right by looking at a brain scan—no questions asked, no opinions voiced—purely … Continue reading The Size of the Amygdala In Our Brains Affects Our Political Opinions

Neoliberalism brought out the worst in us

An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities by Paul Verhaeghe Guardian  We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on … Continue reading Neoliberalism brought out the worst in us

Neoliberalism: the ideology at the root of all our problems

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? by George Monbiot Guardian Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for … Continue reading Neoliberalism: the ideology at the root of all our problems

2020 Vision: If Nobody’d Run, They’d Have Won!

If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate In The 2016 US Presidential Election, It Would Have Won By a Landslide by O Society Nov 10, 2018 Today someone asked: "Now the 2018 Midterm Elections are over. What do the results tell us about who is going to win in the 2020 presidential race? Should … Continue reading 2020 Vision: If Nobody’d Run, They’d Have Won!

‘Network Propaganda’

This is what I'll be reading for the next couple of weeks: This book is open access, meaning you can download and/or read it free as a PDF here. Network Propaganda Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts Overturns the conventional wisdom that new technologies and foreign agents … Continue reading ‘Network Propaganda’

Money Still Rules US Politics

Whether it's Donald Trump, the Democratic Party, or midterms, the best way to understand US politics is to follow the money. by Paul Heideman Jacobin Nov 6, 2018 Though pundits have been scrambling to find new and inventive ways to describe the extraordinary nature of this year’s midterm elections, in one respect they’re just like the … Continue reading Money Still Rules US Politics

The Majority of Americans Want a Third Party

Only Republicans Don’t Want a Third Major Political Party in US, Finds Gallup by ERIC ZUESSE Strategic Culture Nov 1, 2018 A majority of Democrats want a third major political party to be formed in America. An overwhelming majority of independents do. But only 38% of Republicans do. That’s according to Gallup’s October 26th article "Majority in US Still … Continue reading The Majority of Americans Want a Third Party