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- The factioned state of AmericaThe first in a four-part series of essays on the forces driving social division and political polarization in America. If you’re a Divergent fan, you already know the book and film trilogies transport audiences to a time and place where the population is divided into factions, each with its own mindset and personality type. Loyalty and service to faction produces harmony. Until it doesn’t. Then all hell breaks loose. That’s imaginary. Now back to reality. University of North Carolina political scientists Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler make a compelling case in their recently published book Prius or Pickup? that American society is being torn apart but it’s not disagreements over the issues of the day or even differing political ideologies that are doing the ripping. Rather, the culprit lies far beneath the surface, in the form of deeply ingrained worldviews that are reflected in our lifestyles — the vehicles we drive, where we… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Kamala Harris’ Crusade Against ‘Revenge Porn’As a prosecutor, she pioneered the fight against online sex harassment. Then she overreached. Is she a savior, or a threat to the First Amendment? ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- The case for pulling our heads out of the sandThere’s a way to end old welfare programs that discourage gainful employment and replace them with a new policy that rewards work, without saying so long to compassion. This big new idea also would create economic security and financial stability for vulnerable workers, relieving the anxiety that comes with watching their employment automated out of existence. And it would free people to be more attentive to family or leave dead-end jobs and take the risk of starting a business, empowering would-be entrepreneurs and stimulating the economy. The idea is a universal basic income program. With the welfare programs we spend so much money on, there is a perverse incentive not to work. Recipients have to be poor to get the help, and they have to stay poor to keep it. There are income eligibility thresholds, and if you work you eventually reach the point where earning one more dollar will… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago