Thoughts from Exec, Week of 10/2

Michael Baharaeen, Vice President

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explains how Israel’s intransigence throughout the peace process is only further isolating them in an already very unfriendly part of the world.

Adrift at Sea Alone

At a town hall meeting with Linked-In, an unidentified wealthy man (later found to be one of the founders of Google) implores the president to “please raise [his] taxes.”

Rich Guy to Obama: Raise My Taxes, Please

Matt Seyer, Secretary

One of the best ways to master the cognitive biases inherent to the structures of our belief systems is to learn about them in detail.  When we understand why we shun certain pieces of information while we elevate others, when we recognize that our brains trick us in subtle yet potent ways, we can take the necessary steps to avoid these biases, thereby becoming more careful consumers of information and more effective decision-makers.  Here, Chris Mooney details a few of the more pervasive biases and uses them to explain some popular areas of science denial (e.g., climate change-denial).

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

Connor Stangler, Campaign Coordinator

The story of the Democratic Party in the latter half of the 20th Century and the first decade of the 21st grants the reader and the follower little hope. Marked by dissension, confusion, and a lack of a coherent and congruous message, the Party has struggled to express its principles and find leaders who are willing to convey them lucidly. The Republicans’ mandate on simple and persuasive rhetoric has limited the Democrats’ ability to convince moderate voters that they can properly exercise the prerogatives of government. This article offers a nostalgic and illuminating look at one of the Democratic Party’s most inspiring and thoughtful leaders: President Bill Clinton. Using the legacy of FDR and the New Deal, he forged a more centrist politics that could embrace both sides of the floundering, dichotomous party. Today, now that we are struggling once again to define ourselves, we can look back to our own paragons for hope and advice.

20 Years Later: How Bill Clinton Saved Liberalism From Itself

Alex Witt, Webmaster

In the face of obtuse political argument, it is necessary to reiterate the importance of logical reasoning.

Are Your Political Opponents Crazy?

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