Thoughts from Exec, Week of 10/16

Brett Cline, President

For those of you looking for more background information on the recent plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in the United States , this article describes how Iran and Saudi Arabia view each other in terms of foreign policy and how the U.S. should react to this Development.

The Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Matt Seyer, Secretary

For those who found “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe in Science” interesting, here’s a nice follow-up.  Dan Kahan, of Yale Law School, is doing some of the most cutting edge work on how our deep-seated values determine which experts, and consequently what information, we trust.  In this interview, conducted by Chris Mooney (the author of the aforementioned article), Kahan discusses his research on what he has dubbed “The American Culture War of Fact.”

The American Culture War of Fact

Occupy Wall Street is a growing movement that is only just now focusing its message: frustration at the extreme power and influence of the Wall Street banks.  But the banks are by no means the sole monopolistic corporate entity.  Tom Philpott draws our attention to the parallels in the food industry and builds a case that the food industry has a similar grip on public policy.

Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street

Connor Stangler, Campaign Coordinator

This is yet another take on the Occupy Wall Street movement. It brings back down to Earth those liberals who had been waiting for a progressive populist movement and saw in OWS a promising campaign, one that would affect serious change and exact justice on the greedy capitalists who foster inequity. Most importantly, the article is a rebuttal to the “counterbalance” argument: that liberals needed an equally vociferous populist movement to challenge the conservative Tea Party movement. The author avers that the gap between the strength of conservative and liberals voters is not due to a lack of passion. Liberals must instead seize the middle ground: they must persuade moderate voters instead of wooing the far fringes of their party. The movement needs to convince the middle-ground voters that government can work effectively and that partisan cant ultimately leads nowhere.

How Occupy Wall Street will Hurt Liberals

Alex Witt, Webmaster

North Carolina implements an interesting approach to education reform that all college students should consider.

A State Grooms Its Best Students to Be Good Teachers

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