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Current events US Politics

Dissent within the Right-wing

Conservatives questioning/leaving the Republican Party, the “Right Wing”, or Conservativism. Or Fox News.

Max Boot, formerly of WSJ, author of The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

Charlie Sykes, of The Weekly Standard, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind

(Podcast episode where Sykes interviews Boot)

https://www.weeklystandard.com/tws-podcast/max-boot-on-the-corrosion-of-conservatism

George Will, of Newsweek, The Washington Post

Steve Schmidt

Tom Nichols

Bill Kristol, of The Weekly Standard, of Fox News

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Current events US Politics

Criticism of Trump

Architect of Bin Laden Raid Adm McRaven supports Brennan, calls Trump McCarthy-esque

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/revoke-my-security-clearance-too-mr-president/2018/08/16/8b149b02-a178-11e8-93e3-24d1703d2a7a_story.html?utm_term=.49e8605dc768

George Will – Trump put Russia before US

http://fortune.com/2018/06/22/george-will-leaves-republican-party-donald-trump/

http://thehill.com/policy/international/397596-george-will-calls-trump-sad-embarrassing-wreck-of-a-man

David Frum – Worst Security Risk in U.S.

History

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/putin-trump/565604/

Ralph Peters (ret. LtCln), former Fox News analyst, former Intel analyst on Russia

_ Trump is thrall to Putin

_ Fox is destructive

https://amp.thedailybeast.com/ex-fox-news-analyst-ralph-peters-calls-former-colleagues-sean-hannity-tucker-carlson-prostitutes

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Current events Motivated reasoning Self improvement US Politics

Motivated Reasoning

Article: “How politics makes us stupid,” By Ezra Klein, for Vox

Article: https://www.vox.com/2014/4/6/5556462/brain-dead-how-politics-makes-us-stupid

  • About the research of Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale, and the Cultural Cognition Project.
  • Kahan’s theory is called Identity-Protective Cognition: our brains subconsciously work to justify and protect the beliefs that matter to our relationships, group membership, and identity.

Podcast episode: “How our unchecked tribal psychology pollutes politics, science, and just about everything else”, By David McRaney

Summary: https://youarenotsosmart.com/2018/02/26/yanss-122-how-our-unchecked-tribal-psychology-pollutes-politics-science-and-just-about-everything-else/

Transcript: https://youarenotsosmart.com/transcripts/transcript-tribal-psychology/

  • A podcast episode in which McRaney interviews Lilliana Mason and Dan Kahan about motivated reasoning.
  • Basic point: Once an issue becomes politicized, our brains work subconsciously to maintain the beliefs that will preserve our relationships, group belonging, and identity.
  • Related: McRaney’s series on “The Backfire Effect”, episodes 93, 94, 95, and 120.

My personal take: 

  • As noted by both Kahan and Klein, because motivated reasoning occurs outside of our conscious awareness and control, it is difficult to know when one is impacted by it. There is a natural tendency to try to make a special case for the objectivity of oneself or one’s own domain. McRaney, even as he’s describing the phenomenon, demonstrates this behavior when he writes, “In a professional domain like medicine, science, academia, or journalism, people are trained to pursue accuracy, to operate within a framework that helps them overcome other motivations.” He’s right that these domains include a framework that helps achieve greater objectivity, but I don’t believe he adequately acknowledges the degree to which even these “professional” domains can be impacted by motivated reasoning. (At least, not in that specific spot; he may, elsewhere.)
  • McRaney’s “You Are Not So Smart” podcast provides a great education the many ways our brains work against objectivity and reason.

Dan Kahan’s website: http://www.culturalcognition.net/kahan

McRaney’s website: https://youarenotsosmart.com

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China Civilization Current events Economics History International relations US Politics

Interesting books about China

Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power, by Howard W. French

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, by Graham Allison

Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific, by Michael Fabey