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Author: Tess Kovach

We are dancing on a volcano

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter observed, in a speech from the Oval Office, that the United States had entered into a crisis of confidence. He said, “It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.” What Carter observed was a sense of malaise. The People were losing faith in government and in their ability as citizens to meaningfully participate. Worse, they were...

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The Triumph of Despair

The middle class is squeezed, moderates feel left out of the political dialogue, confirmation bias is run-amok in a social media and mainstream media environment that permits culled newsfeeds, the rich are getting much richer, the poor are getting the shaft, Americans believe their country is in decline, anger is boiling over into an ugly political scene for the 2016 election – also things are going mostly pretty good. I committed a tweetstorm on how the middle class is getting squeezed and the super-rich are winning several weeks ago, and I think you can forgive a paragraph of statistics illustrating that...

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