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The Majority of America Identifies as Independent. So What’s With the Negative Stigma Around Moderates?

Our last election was disappointing, to say the least. I say this not necessarily from one political camp or the other, but because the majority of Americans seem to agree with this sentiment. Those of us voting in the last election mostly voted from necessity, and not from true inspiration for our candidate. We voted…

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The Best Political Blogs for Moderates to Follow in 2018

Today, it feels nearly impossible to discern who is telling the truth and who is, as the President is so fond of screaming, “fake news.” My right-leaning father and I are consistently battling each other with conflicting facts from our niche news sources. For example, his conservative news bubble is telling him that Trump’s approval…

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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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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 U.S. 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 the Two-Party System Harms Democracy

If you were born after 1972, you’ve never seen a third-party presidential candidate receive a single electoral vote. Even in 2016’s “lesser of two evils” contest, third-party candidates combined to earn roughly five percent of the vote, the same number Ross Perot achieved on his own in 1992. Our system is becoming increasingly stratified. Presidential…