Last week, which was the second week of the government shutdown, was the week in which a large proportion of the clients I saw complained about the stress of having a government that, not only can’t get along, but does not seem to even want to get along. I didn’t bring it up; they did.Continue reading “Better Angels”
You know the type: the type of person I call a fire hose. This is the person who, as soon as he thinks he has your ear, lets loose a flood of words without regard to the give and take that is found in normal conversation. If you’re a political activist, you might have aContinue reading “If You Want People to Listen to You, Stop Talking”
Sooner or later, if you declare yourself as a supporter of liberal democracy, you’ll run into a thorny problem . Do you show tolerance for the intolerant? Can you permit the free speech of those who will destroy free speech? Should you give publicity to those who threaten a free press? Can you get disgusted withContinue reading “Intolerant of the Intolerant and Outraged by the Outrageous”
When people change from being non-engaged politically to becoming activists, the first thing they do hinders everything they try to accomplish afterwards. They rally like-minded people to their cause and build a wall. This renders their activism less effective and obstructs the exercise of statecraft.
A large portion of the populace doesn’t get involved in politics and fails to vote. They say that voting is pointless, or they don’t like the candidates, or they can’t get time off from work. What’s more likely is they don’t like all the drama. They can’t stand everyone yelling at each other, trading accusations,Continue reading “The Perverse Power of the Non-Engaged”
Like any two people who come to see me for marriage counseling, these two have been fighting for years. They seem to make it a point to contradict one another. Whenever one mentions the other, their voices drip with disgust and contempt. Everything is perceived as an attack. Whatever one manages to accomplish, the otherContinue reading “A More Perfect Union: A Marriage Counselor Takes on Politics, Part I”