The Politics of Dislocation and Grievance

There is a well-documented psychological trait called loss aversion. Essentially, it refers to the innate reaction people have to more acutely feeling losses than they do gains. This follows a larger pattern where negative events and emotions are more clearly remembered and experienced than their positive counterparts. For the American public’s collective memory, the past few decades have been marked by loss, the positive developments shrouded in a haze of threats, anxieties, and insecurities.

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Taking Your Guns

The voices that blocked these safeguards were not the voices of an aroused nation. They were the voices of a powerful lobby, a gun lobby, that has prevailed for the moment in an election year.

– Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968

Today is the March for Our Lives.

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