Worries and Dissents 17.2.1

From time to time I want to link to intelligent worries I come across, and also to interesting dissents from the way I see things.

In A Third Way in the ‘Respectability Politics’ Debate, Conor Friedersdorf  has interesting thoughts about the style of opposition work most likely to effective in coming months and years.  Its subtitle signals the thrust of the piece:  “Opponents of President Trump can achieve a lot through empathy and loving engagement.” Just ‘saying no’ won’t do it.  We are going to have to engage Trump supporters in ways that resonate positively with them.

Periscopic has put together a striking visualization titled One Angry Bird that displays (using feathers imagery) the emotional arcs of the past ten U.S. presidential inaugural addresses. Seen in comparison, Trump’s inaugural address is a distinct outlier.  (Periscopic describes itself as “a socially-conscious data visualization firm that helps companies and organizations promote information transparency and public awareness.”)





About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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