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.
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.
I don’t want to be traveling right now.
2017 was a year of turbulence, a year where disorder and disruption became the new normal. Deep, underlying currents, both social and geopolitical, have largely been the source of this change. Who have been the directors of these currents though? Continue reading “Top Ten Most Influential Political Figures in 2017”
If 2016 was a dumpsterfire, then either we a) expected something approaching redemption this year or b) lowered our expectations for the coming year. Continue reading “So, How Bad Is It?”
It is evident that the U.S. has a serious divide. Continue reading “Helping Bridge the Civil-Military Divide: Books and Movies for Veterans Day Weekend”
The pundits got it wrong. Journalists got it wrong. Full disclosure: I got it wrong. Continue reading “Why Trump Could be a Two Term President”