Category Archives: politics

Cognitive Dissonance , Gun Violence and Facebook

As defined by Encyclopedia Britanica (bet you haven’t seen that source for a while) “Cognitive dissonance is the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in … Continue reading

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Defining Racism

I have been watching with concern the stories and posts about  a high school teacher and a college professor here in Iowa  being pilloried over “racial slurs” which did not have any racially motivated intent.  They simply used a word … Continue reading

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Thinking and Boxes

We often hear the phrase, ” Thinking outside the box.” The phrase usually means being creative but in politics it means something else. It too often means that anyone outside of your box is wrong and incapable of thinking. I … Continue reading

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Multicultural?

Some years ago we made a semantic mistake when we called our goal, ” multicultural diversity. ” In fact it would have been much more valuable if we had called the goal,” multicultural unity.” We used to be the world’s … Continue reading

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Throwing Money at Education

What Schools Need The answer is simple and it is not only money it is respect and discipline. Teachers need to respect their students and students and parents need to respect their teachers. As to the idea that more money … Continue reading

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1984 +35

George Orwell published, “1984” in 1949, around 70 years ago. I was forced to read it in high school and thought it a fairy tale. I re-read it recently and found George Orwell was remarkably prescient if off by a … Continue reading

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Freedom Don’t Come Free

It’s no longer a question of what is or is not acceptable. The question now is too often , who gets to draw the line. Think about immigration for example, some advocate open borders others closed, we have had both … Continue reading

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