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Not Everyone Who Disagrees With You Is Uninformed & Irrational

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We all think we’re the rational ones. We think our view of the world is the logical one. We’d like to think we’re the enlightened and educated ones. I know this because I suffer from it. It’s easy for me to think I have a one up on others. It’s easy to think my views […]

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America’s Misplaced Faith in Political Leaders

I’ve voiced my concerns with the hero-worship of Ronald Reagan in the Republican Party in the past. CPAC 2016 was oversaturated with Ronald Reagan panels, focus, and mentions. Where’s the next Ronald Reagan, they pondered. Who will save us, they asked. But just as Ronald Reagan was idolized for what he did, Donald Trump is […]

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The Narrative Fallacy: Story Time for Adults

The news is a business, just like the USPS Uber, Walmart, and Starbucks. Everyone’s got to make a profit off of what they sell. And the news sells…news; specifically headlines, facts, and answers. And to sell their product, they can’t just straight up give it to you. No, they’ve got to wrap it up in […]

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A Different Approach to Activism: An Interview with the Founder and President of the Free State Project

In the freedom index of all 50 states, the top five states are Missouri, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and New Hampshire. Only one of them is being gradually taken over by libertarians and other freedom-loving Americans: New Hampshire. Yes, New Hampshire is experiencing a migration of libertarians, purposely designed to alter the state’s political […]

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Quickly Improve Your Communication Skills with 17 Tips From Carl Franklin Braun

Pittsburgh police officers are planning on boycotting Beyoncé’s concert this month, and I can’t believe these cops actually believe it’ll end well for them. Think about it: a black artist whose new single, “Formation” includes a heavy amount of “Black Lives Matter” and policy brutality imagery in it. Now throw in some cops, the majority […]

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Environmentalism Has Some Lessons For Politics

I think we forget many of the basic laws that govern our environment. No, I’m not talking about your national, home, or college environment. I’m talking about the laws of nature, the laws that you can’t violate without causing secondary problems. These laws are easily forgotten, and easily violated. Why? Because we humans think we […]

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Debunking the Myth That “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings”

Which is harder? Dealing with a group whose emotions are affecting their reasoning? Or, dealing with a group who’s in denial about how their emotions affect their reasoning? If you picked the second one, you’d be correct. The belief that your side is above the emotional rollercoaster that is intrinsically tied to the political process […]

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Pace Layers: Why Fashion Changes Quickly & Governments Don’t

“Countries are not like financial markets. Social change cannot be executed as swiftly as credit-default swaps. You cannot sell short on social commitments and practical responsibilities.” – George Papandreou Social change is a complicated subject. Governments, filled with bureaucracies and politicians stuck in “the way things are always done” have a hard time changing even […]