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The “Indivisible” guide makes its national debut

January 3rd, 2017, 8:29am by Sam Wang

In today’s NYT, the Indivisible guide makes its national debut. Essential reading for the opening of the new Congress. Might help give Democrats some backbone that may need reinforcing.

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Ideas for the Press in 2017

January 1st, 2017, 3:00pm by Sam Wang

For one of your first reads of the year, here are two excellent pieces by Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor. In the first piece, he describes the negative prospects for the press in 2017 – many of which are somewhat self-inflicted. However, on the up side, he has a second piece. In it he lists […]

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2017, 1:26am by Sam Wang

2017 plans:1) Test if within-brain communication defects can cause autism2) Establish a partisan gerrymandering standard3) Back up phone — Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) January 1, 2017 Happy New Year, everyone! Tough year ahead – but there’s lots to do. Such clear challenges focus the mind. What do you have planned for 2017? Not just about data […]

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December 21st, 2016, 10:58pm by Sam Wang

Recently, some progressive Congressional staffers wrote Indivisible, their guide for resisting the Trump agenda. The guide went viral. Now they have a website, A current version of the guide is here.

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What Actions are Shared to All Fascist Movements?

December 21st, 2016, 3:17pm by Sam Wang

Today’s leisure reading is Robert Paxton’s essay The Five Stages of Fascism (downloadable PDF).┬áIt’s a followup to my previous post on Umberto Eco’s essay on fascism. According to Paxton (link to biography), even though fascist movements had varying stated goals, the shared elements lay in what they actually did.

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Democracy’s Survival, Part I: Action Items for Today

December 16th, 2016, 7:30am by Sam Wang

In today’s NYT, two scholars of authoritarian movements, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, weigh in. It’s an important article. Readers, recall that my main purpose in running this site was not simply to aggregate polls. I also wanted to help direct efforts and resources. Presidential polls were off (watch my entomophagy, which I made as […]

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