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  • feedwordpress 21:35:52 on 2018-01-17 Permalink

    The Power of Positive Persistence 

    Strategies to flip negative attacks by Republicans into positive progress for Americans Like some foreign dictator, the Republican in the White House will launch a planned attack on the free press today. But he’s been in an ongoing campaign against the truth since Day One. It’s alarming because presidents don’t act this way. Dictators do. […]
  • feedwordpress 20:31:39 on 2018-01-13 Permalink

    A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth 

    America’s tweeter-in-chief plans to attack the free press next week. He desperately needs your help to succeed. You can help him by repeating his words and lies. You can help him by focusing outraged attention on his antics. Or we can work together to redirect the energy, counteract rather than react, and reframe the conversation. […]
  • feedwordpress 20:30:06 on 2017-11-26 Permalink

    Protect Internet Freedom 

    Donald Trump and the Republicans are trying to restrict American freedom and destroy the Internet as we know it. They want to hand control of a crucial public resource – the Internet – over to corporations. These corporations will then be able to restrict the flow of information, effectively censor voices of dissent, and charge […]
  • feedwordpress 15:48:13 on 2017-10-30 Permalink

    Why are you a Democrat? 

    Ten months into Trump’s Presidency, Trump’s approval rating is historically low and members of his campaign are under indictment, yet the prospects for the Democratic Party appear bleak. At a time when we should be harnessing the energy of a grassroots movement to revitalize American democracy in 2018, Democrats are beset by infighting and chaos. Most […]
  • feedwordpress 22:29:24 on 2017-09-14 Permalink

    What is Hate Speech? 

    I have been asked what hate speech is. It is not exactly hard to detect. Hate speech defames, belittles, or dehumanizes a class of people on the basis of certain inherent properties — typically race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Hate speech attributes to that class of people certain highly negative qualities taken to be inherent […]
  • feedwordpress 16:35:54 on 2017-09-08 Permalink

    Why Hate Speech is Not Free Speech 

    Freedom in a free society is supposed to be for all. Therefore, freedom rules out imposing on the freedom of others. You are free to walk down the street, but not to keep others from doing so. The imposition on the freedom of others can come in overt, immediate physical form — thugs coming to […]
  • feedwordpress 20:46:44 on 2017-08-01 Permalink

    The President Is The Nation: The Central Metaphor Trump Lives By 

    Metaphors in the Brain     We know from neuroscience that most thought is unconscious, carried out by neural circuitry. In Metaphors We Live By, Mark Johnson and I showed that much of that unconscious thought is metaphorical, and further, that we often live our lives according to those metaphors. A simple example, we understand time as […]
  • feedwordpress 17:45:19 on 2017-07-28 Permalink

    Time to Solve the Student Debt Crisis 

    We teach young people that education will set them free. If you get an education, the doors of opportunity will open wide. The world will be your oyster and your life will be better. Yet for millions of Americans, the opposite is true. For them, education has not been the key to a brighter future. […]
  • feedwordpress 19:13:21 on 2017-07-01 Permalink

    Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives 

    Progressives are stumped. They are asking these questions over and over again on social media, TV, and radio: 1) Why don’t Trump supporters turn against Trump even though he is doing things that hurt them? (like taking away their healthcare) 2) Why do Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act, and why are they so transparently […]
  • feedwordpress 03:40:30 on 2017-06-08 Permalink

    Karen Handel’s “I Am Not a Crook Moment”: “I Do Not Support a Livable Wage!” 

    During Watergate, Richard Nixon famously said, “I am not a crook.” And, immediately, Americans coast-to-coast thought of him as a crook. This incident inspired my book title Don’t Think of an Elephant!” What does the title make you think of? Why does negating an idea so often have the opposite of the effect negation is […]
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