Flouting the “Goldwater Rule” to Analyze Donald Trump

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The Goldwater Rule declares it to be unethical for any psychiatrist to diagnose a public figure’s mental condition “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

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Follow the Leader (or not)


On the one hand we’re told that politicians cautiously hold a finger to the wind before acting and lack the courage to get ahead of their constituents. On the other, when politicians step forward—as Obama did on the TPP or ACA or David Cameron did on EU affiliation or Angela Merkel on immigration—their positions are deemed proof of the growing gulf between the governing elite and the masses who would be impacted. Continue reading Follow the Leader (or not)

Kindly Explain This

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Maybe you’ve heard that there is student debt in the United States. Intellectuals say there may be a political solution to this. Yes, and Saturn’s moon Titan may have life that breathes nitrogen instead of oxygen. It’s possible.

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Parties Search for a Theme

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One of the most valuable gifts Donald Trump has given the Democratic Party is a postponement of the need to define itself. Right now it looks like running as the anti-Trump is an adequate winning strategy.

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Today’s Political Communication Mis-‘Tweets’ the Public

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This revolution in communication isn’t over. The 2016 presidential campaign has brought us more dramatic transformations in the art and science of political communication. It’s changed what constitutes an appropriate statement by a candidate or campaign, and changed the content and nature of the news itself. Most of this has been driven by one candidate.

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