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Online Filter Bubbles Are Making Us Politically Dumb

There’s no question: the Internet is the most efficient communication tool ever invented. Unfortunately, most days, it feels like it’s only making us stupider. The unrelenting chaos leading up to and now trailing in the wake of the 2016 election is proof that the way we use the Internet is destroying everything we love. It’s…

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The Division of the Western World

Have you ever heard of the state of Jefferson? Unless you’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the far northern reaches of California, you probably answered no. The idea centers on dividing California into two states, after which the northern section would go by the Founding Father’s name. What about “Calexit,” or the idea…

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Why Has Sexual Assault Become a Partisan Issue?

If a teacher, school counselor or coach stood accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, they would face immediate suspension, if not immediate dismissal and revocation of their license. Even when a celebrity such as Kevin Spacey is accused of child molestation, there are immediate repercussions. Netflix canceled his show House of Cards, and condemnation…

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Bridging Our Partisan Divide Is Essential to Fixing U.S. Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a report card for American Infrastructure again this past year and gave it a D+. When compared with other modern nations, and with our own development from years past, the state of American infrastructure was one grade above failing. Keep in mind that another report, released in…

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Defining Echo Chambers: Why Do We Only Hear What We Want To?

The foundational political battle being waged right now across the globe is quickly becoming one of “globalists” vs. “nationalists” — and some still think of it as a war between progressives and conservatives. The biggest battle, though, is between the informed and the ignorant. People bristle when you so much as whisper the word “ignorance.”…

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How Do We Hear Each Other Out? Sit Down and Have a Beer

The makers of Heineken beer recently released a four-plus-minute-long advertisement posing as a social experiment. In it, actors pretend to be people with wildly polarizing opinions on the topics of feminism, climate change and transgenderism. The directors of the commercial intentionally left race out of the commercial, perhaps believing that subject is too touchy to…