Category Archives: Politics & Society

Skip the Gut Check, Democrats: The Problem Is Hiding in Plain Sight

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Following a shock loss to what looked like the worst presidential candidate in history, many Democrats are agonizing over what policies they need to change in order to win back voters. They needn’t bother: policy … Continue reading

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How to Win Every Argument You Ever Have: Be Willing to Lose

As we mark the first post-Trump Thanksgiving, the best advice about arguments might be to try not to have them, at least for today. But knowing they’re probably inevitable, now seems like a good time to share the ultimate secret … Continue reading

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Branding Bannon: How to Protest a White Nationalist in the White House

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Democrats in Washington have registered strong objections to Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his senior White House adviser. Will their protests make any difference? So far, it looks like no: as the minority in … Continue reading

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A letter to a friend who voted for Trump

Also published at Huffington Post. Dear _____________, We wouldn’t be friends if we didn’t see the best in each other. It’s because of that that I need you to help me understand what you just did. I know you’re not … Continue reading

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The Only Argument for Trump Is Wrong: He’s Not a Success, He Just Plays One on TV

[Also published at Huffington Post.] It shouldn’t need saying, but not all of Donald Trump’s supporters are bigoted, misogynistic idiots. Many support him despite his hateful, simplistic campaign and his glaring character flaws, for one reason that they think Trumps everything: … Continue reading

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As ‘Brand’ Replaces Reputation, Democracy Goes to Hell

[Also published at Huffington Post.] There’s one question that has so far gone unasked during any of the thousands of interviews with Donald Trump’s surrogates or spokespeople, but during each one, it’s the elephant in the room: What is wrong with … Continue reading

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I know it sounds insane, but Trump sure looks like a Russian agent

[Also published at Huffington Post.] One of the foundational ideas of artificial intelligence is the Turing Test, named for the brilliant Briton Alan Turing. According to the Test, if a computer can act enough like a human mind to fool an … Continue reading

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Calling it: Trump is going to quit, citing impact on family

There should be a word that combines “absurdly” and “tragically” — “absurgically?” It’s hard to be more absurgically wrong than I was when I wrote this: [Also published at Huffington Post.] If only because Donald Trump says there’s a “zero … Continue reading

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The GOP’s Suicide Squad

[Also published at Huffington Post.] All along, we’ve assumed there was at least some dark, Machiavellian brilliance behind it. At the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans in Congress, fearing that George Bush’s failures had condemned them to the political wilderness, hit … Continue reading

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Debunking The Media’s Top Excuse for Giving Trump Billions in Free Publicity

[Also published at Huffington Post.] He’s a genius at exploiting the media, if at nothing else: Donald Trump’s rise has been fueled by almost unbelievable amounts of free coverage — well over $2 billion worth so far. Many have complained that this makes … Continue reading

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