(Introduction / Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four) In Parts I through III, I summarized how our educational system
We are at a political and economic crossroads. Failure to address pressing economic needs such as low wage growth will lead to stagnation and reactionary political extremism.
Boredom, an unassuming emotion, may have a larger impact than we think.
I hope we don't have to go down that slope of hatred and divisiveness for much longer. And I hope that we can possibly get
Media discussions immediately focus on the psychology and motivations of the killers. What leads someone to murder massively and randomly? How much are these true believing political/religious extremists? Or are they mentally ill?
Jumping to a fake mental disorder diagnosis in everyone who is violent has another serious downside. It unfairly stigmatizes the mentally ill, most of whom are not violent.
The horrific events that took place Friday should make America finally think differently about the NRA. It should not be silenced -- that would un-American -- but it must be marginalized, pushed to the far fringes, drowned out by the voices of the majority of Americans who desperately desire gun sanity.
Philip Fernbach and his colleagues wondered if forcing people to explain complex policies in detail might force them to confront their ignorance and thus weaken their extremist stands on issues. They ran a series of lab experiments to test this idea.
Since the political middle ground has failed to deliver, voters are seeking solace through increasingly political candidates spouting extremist rhetoric, and raising the prospects of parties on the far right and left.