I'm an older millennial who is finally getting more politically and socially engaged thanks to this election cycle, and I want to learn more about the resources (digital or otherwise) other MeFites use to be informed and stay engaged politically and socially in this country, from local to national. Nothing is too mundane or esoteric or partisan; I simply want to learn. [more inside]
Not sure if this was in the Blue or not, but maybe someone can help me find this article. Within the past year or two there was a news article about a 3rd party organization that was endorsing other establishment candidates from other parties in races where they weren't running a candidate. [more inside]
I don't know any politicians well enough to ask this, so I don't know if it is even a reasonable question, but what online stuff do politicians read? [more inside]
Can anyone explain why several NY neighborhoods that went strongly for Zephyr Teachout in the NY gubernatorial race then went strongly for Clinton in the presidential primary? I'm looking at Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side and Park Slope in particular. I thought Teachout was running on a campaign finance reform platform.
An old friend has asked my advice on moving to the UK from Denmark. I really struggle with what to tell her. Details inside. [more inside]
I've lived in the same neighborhood for more than 15 years and am currently negotiating a move to a new less-known-to-me neighborhood in Indianapolis. I'm curious about how the new neighborhood leans politically. I seem to remember seeing a color-coded map of how Indiana's voting districts/polling places voted in the last general election, but am now unable to find it. Any suggestions on how to find this data?
The "political is personal" and vice-versa with my younger brother during this election season. It has sort of hit a boiling point via social media recently and I need some strategies for how to manage this - both in terms of my feelings and as a practical matter. [more inside]
What does 'Progressive' mean in Canadian Politics? [more inside]
Few people doubt that Donald Trump will win a clear plurality of votes and pledged delegates. But many people are suggesting the possibility that, assuming Trump doesn't have a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, he could lose on a second ballot, due to his pledged delegates switching their vote to another candidate. But wouldn't they be scared to do so? [more inside]
According to Google, a total of about 26k democrats voted in this year's Washington caucuses. That seemed really small to me, so I looked at 2008 (2012 wasn't really a contest, so not a good comparison), and according to the New York Times that year the number was 20x this year's, nearly half a million. What gives? Is there something I'm completely misreading in these sources?
What current books/authors critique or elucidate or political-correctness or radical-Islam that aren't promoting an anti-gay and/or Christian agenda? [more inside]
Who are some people you guys read who think about the issues in an intelligent way and are unafraid to make a contrarian argument when it makes sense to do so? [more inside]
Who are the Republicans who have said clearly and unequivocally that they will not be voting for Donald Trump? I am looking to compile the list of #nevertrump Republicans. If you can provide a link to a source (twitter post, article, interview, etc.), I would appreciate it, but if you know someone is Never Trump, I can find the source. Doesn't matter if they're voting Democrat, third party, or not voting.
Last weekend I jokingly suggested to my family that am going to run for president as an independent with a platform of issues that are completely apolitical. I want to add other items to my imaginary platform, but I only want issues that are inherently neither conservative or liberal. For instance, I would pledge to abolish Daylight Savings Time and eliminate the penny. What others can you suggest? [more inside]
What are some good non-msm (and non-spammy) progressive/liberal Twitter accounts I can follow that will keep me up to speed on St. Louis and Missouri state government political activity? [more inside]
I don't get this New Yorker cartoon. None of my Facebook friends get it either. The best anyone can figure it has something to do with politicians on the right? Please hope me! http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/a19657
I cannot stomach the idea of a Trump presidency. Given the resources available, what actions can I take that will best stop from happening? [more inside]
Has any establishment national politician every played along with the party line to a point where they couldn't anymore and dramatically quit/retired/flamed out? [more inside]
I possess no affinity for Trump and therefore feel a complete lack of understanding to why his message has gained such traction with voters. I have read that he is feeding off a general discontent of the US population. His ascendancy seems to go beyond the normal conservatives-pushing-back after 2 terms of liberal presidency, so what's fueling this? What I'm asking for is reasoned, well thought-out articles examining current or building social, political, economic trends that led us to Trump
Other than posting 50 memes a day on FB denigrating the Republican party, how can I best ensure a win for a Democratic candidate. [more inside]
In the last nine months I read lots of pieces written by smart and knowledgeable people explaining why Trump was never going to be the Republican nominee, and wasn't going to come close. Though it's far from a done deal, it's clear that he's at least close. Did any analysts out there foresee a scenario like what we have today, with Trump winning three of the first four nominating contests? I would be interested in reading more of their analysis, to mix in with my regular batch of writers who were wrong on this.
I find that much of the news (especially politics, given the month and year it is) gets me all worked up and makes it difficult for me to get stuff done. I fully understand that news is presented the way it is by design - to grab eyeballs, but I still find the lasting anger/anxiety it creates in me to take away from my sanity and productivity. How can I hold onto my sanity and productivity? [more inside]
I try to avoid single-issue or reflex-voting. I am dubious of established power. I want this country, this world, and all of its inhabitants to prosper, and advance. Why would my single vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders matter? I'm serious, not cynical or angry.
Does anyone know any examples of intentional communities built off of ideals (e.g., kibbutzes, ashrams, communes, eco-villages, religious monasteries, etc.) where some individual(s) in charge got a little too powerful (or were too powerful to start out with) and turned the system into a self-serving, almost autocratic system? [more inside]
I’m curious to find one or two books that would help me understand conservatives better. [more inside]
I'm sure this is a question Michael Bloomberg has a few answers to! The Atlantic has a good video explainer from the mouths of mayors, but there must be more to it.
I'm interested in learning as much as possible about the Heritage Foundation, especially its involvement in the Reagan administration. Are there any books or articles you could point me towards? [more inside]
My father swears that at some point during the Carter Administration, President Carter instituted a national wage freeze, such that no employer, public or private, was permitted to give any employee a raise, supposedly to put the brakes on inflation. He further claims that this had happened to him in whatever year it was, causing family hardship. He was working in construction for a private company at that time. What, if anything, is he actually remembering? [more inside]
Seeking: a relatively unbiased book (or two, or three) on the history of the Republican and Democratic parties. [more inside]
I'm writing an article about climate change in relation to terrorism for my college newspaper and came across a Wired article which said: Then there’s the fact, says [Joshua] Busby, that framing climate change as a military issue could lead to military solutions, not environmental ones. (more from the article in the extended explanation section) So my question: what would be some effective ways to defend his argument? Can anyone cite instances in history that would support this? I can't seem find anyone else who shares his sentiment. [more inside]
Yesterday on the bus I saw a business card in the route map holder. It says Sanders For President across the top, a logo of Bernie (presidential seal) 2016 in the middle which caught my eye. Under that the card then had the name Andrew Nelson, Vice Presidential Candidate (D-Illinois), a phone number and an email with a .biz address, a P.O. Box and then www.BernieSanders.com. [more inside]
I"m looking for an introductory historico-philosophical text on religion and politics, political-theology, or secularism and anti-secularism philosophically? Specifically, I'm interested in understanding, the context and surrounding works which would situate Carl Schmitt's claims regarding the persistence of theological concepts in 20thC political philosophy. [more inside]
For the past 2 to 3 years I have had the most difficult time holding a job. [more inside]
What countries/empires -- current or historical -- cross entire mountain ranges and successfully control the territory on either side of them? Such as the United States and Canada and the Roman Empire. Countries with borders in the mountains, like Italy in the Alps, do not count, nor do countries IN a mountain range, like Switzerland. Also interested in WHY some countries manage it and others don't. [more inside]
Quarterly Essay is mentioned here and sounds really interesting. I've read The American Interest, The Economist and Foreign Affairs while stuck in airports, and currently subscribe to Z Magazine. What other political / current affairs exist and how would they be described (format / political position)?
My very politically conservative boss is outspoken about her political beliefs and frequently spouts off about issues on which my opinion is the opposite (I’m very politically liberal). Her remarks tend to skirt (but not exactly cross) the line of what’s overtly offensive. I don’t want to jeopardize my working relationship with her, but I need some help and advice on how to cope with this situation, especially with the next presidential election coming up (I’m in the USA). [more inside]
I just got a one-week Nielsen TV diary in the mail for November 5-12 -- including a crisp $1 bill to help grease the wheels. Yay! Unfortunately most of the shows I watch regularly, like Silicon Valley, Louie, Key & Peele, and Rick and Morty are on hiatus (or over) right now. I'm already planning to catch Last Week Tonight and Colbert's Late Show, but what other worthy television (that doesn't require a lot of prior familiarity) should I give my coveted (if minuscule) 18-34 ratings boost to? [more inside]
Close friend is making comments that are offensive to me, for political and cultural reasons, not personal. How should I mentally handle this? [more inside]
I studied political science in college and was able to keep up with new and important studies and papers. Now that I've been out of school for a while I'm looking to get back into reading the actual research being done right now in the realm of politics. What are some good resources (online or otherwise) for me to find out what's going on in the field? Bonus points if it has to do with political communication.
Looking for a basic intro anthropology text that discusses the breadth of social and political structures in 'traditional' societies across the continents - or just across say Africa, or ... Some comments about the mistaken belief of widespread "communal" cultures across Africa has prompted an interest in the breadth of such variances in cultural organisations in 'earlier' or 'traditional' societies. Thus, an introductory text for the layperson would be good, nothing too massive or encyclopaedic.
I live in a place where the confederate flag has sprouted recently, probably as a reactionary gesture. Is there a union flag I could wave that would be a historically appropriate response to this kind of passive racism? The 36 star assassination flag of Lincoln seems possible, but I could use other suggestions.
This woman was at the Democratic National Convention - Miami, 1972. [Source - the image in question is about a third of the way down the page]
Canadian politics filter: because I have a strange compulsion to waste my time arguing politics with people who believe Harper has been unfairly maligned by the “liberal media”, I’d like to collect a list of ways our current government has been deliberately corrupt: cold hard facts, with citations, from sources as unbiased as possible. [more inside]
I want to get really, really in touch with what's happening with local politics: specifically, Seattle and Washington State issues. Do you know resources beyond Crosscut and KUOW for keeping up with the inside baseball? [more inside]
So - I've seen some anti-Bloomberg attack ads by the NRA on Youtube. I don't quite understand that the hell is going on? The Googles reveals that these ads are running during the Republican debates, apparently? [more inside]
The "Iran Deal" seems so self-evidently a good idea to me that I have not paid sufficient attention to the arguments of the deal's detractors. Could you point me to summaries, or provide one yourself, of why the deal is a bad deal if the alternative is no deal? [more inside]
Is there anywhere to see legible versions, in their entirety, of Mark Lombardi's work? I can find clear details or blurry whole images, but never full resolution full versions. Ideally online or PDF, but I'll get a book if one of them actually publishes them.
What are some good books and Resources on the politics of Red, Blue and everything in between (in the US)? Inspired by this thread on the blue, I realized I had no idea of what each party really, really wants on the major issues. [more inside]
What hip hop artists are making music about current US racial/political issues? [more inside]
I've read some classic literature explaining the libertarian/right side of our US political divide, but I'd like to read the 'Atlas Shrugged' for the left. What classic thinkers/authors come to mind?