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Timothy Mathis
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"13 Reasons Why": Giving Power Back to Hannah
If you haven't read or watched the book/Netflix series "13 Reasons Why", this post will include spoilers and maybe not make much sense. I'm writing primarily for an audience that's seen it. Having said that, if you're thinking of watching it, this might off...
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Seattle's Tax Marches: A Case Study in Discomfort with Black Leadership
You should read this article from the Stranger for background info on this post , but if you don't: Some basic facts:  This Saturday in Seattle there are two downtown marches, organized by different groups. One starts at 11, and is connected with a national...
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A concise attempt to explain America, 2017
Make America Great Again, America First, Law and Order: whatever else they are, these are concepts about power and control. The instinct towards power and control is a normal part of human nature. It's stronger in some people than in others, but it comes ou...
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Empathy for the Devil: In defense of understanding
Have some empathy, Liz Lemon. noun: empathy 1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Let's start by identifying some emotions. I know that when some of you hear the word "empathy", you feel disgusted: "weak. Feelings and shit. Liberal...
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On being an authoritarian, from personal experience: Lessons from the psychiatric unit
au·thor·i·tar·i·an əˌTHôrəˈterēən/ adjective adjective: authoritarian 1 .  favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom. From one authoritarian to another... Full disclosure: I'm ...
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Woody Guthrie, Lady Gaga, and the spirit of "A Little Runny"
The loss of a parent destabilizes you, and makes you question who you are. After my Dad died last year I spent a lot of time literally wandering - on the PCT, then in South America, then in the American West, and most recently in Mexico. And during that tim...
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How, and why, to Facebook with Trump supporters (or liberals, or whoever you happen to distrust right now) like humans
No country is perfect, but progress is supposed to happen through a communal process of mutual education. In the American political realm, for instance, conservatives are supposed to get together with progressives and argue through differing approaches and ...
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Unlikely Stories: The Gospel of Trump
Politics, like religion, is about the stories that we tell ourselves. Leaders who win elections and start movements do so, in large part, by creating a story that people believe in and ascribe to. The stories impact our worldview, and we start to interpret ...
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My friend's redneck gun-nut dad was right about the Hispanics.
In 1998, when I was 18, I took my first real trip outside of the country (excluding a taxi ride around Nassau on a Disney cruise when I was a kid), on a mission trip with my evangelical church to Lima, Peru. We spent most of our time there in the barrios, v...
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What I talk about when I talk about Democrats.
I believe that principles are important in that they give us something to aim at. They set out the general goal so we can design the specifics to get there. And in terms of political principles, the most important concept for me is actually one I stole from...
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