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Human, activist, scholar. Physician-Economist-in-training @UMich. CEO @proghealth. @FulbrightPrgrm Awardee. I work on anything that matters, locally & globally.
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10 Nov
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UNDERSTANDING TRUMP’S COUP STRATEGY

Although everything currently unfolding has been predicted far in advance, denialism continues to flourish. Many people are drawing incorrect conclusions with regard to Trump’s strategies and discounting the crisis before us.

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But now, more than ever, we need a clearsighted approach to defeat Trump.

This thread is meant to clear up key questions and to highlight crucial strategic considerations at play.

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Let’s first be clear about the two distinct but interrelated problems facing our country: (1) a potentially successful coup by Trump and (2) the risk of civil conflict. I will address each of these issues in turn.

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9 Nov
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POLARIZATION AS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT

While Biden’s victory is thrilling, the difficult truth is that our country remains as polarized as ever. Take a moment to review the rhetoric emanating from the opposing side, and this fact will be obvious.

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Moreover, while we keep hearing that “the people have spoken,” Biden won with just 51 percent of the popular vote. Many citizens who did not vote for Biden remain adamantly opposed to him.

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While it is enticing to gloat in the victory of one’s political tribe, we also need to swallow a dose of reality and remain focused on the road ahead.

The electoral triumph is a critical first step in paving a better future—but that is all.

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27 Oct
THREAD: MASS PEACEFUL PROTEST

For convenient reference, this thread compiles both my writing and videos on the importance of mass peaceful protest, based on perspectives ranging from political science to moral duty

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27 Oct
THREAD: RESISTANCE STRATEGY

For convenient reference, this thread compiles my most important work on the failures of resistance strategy—along with solutions to them.

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27 Oct
THREAD: FORECASTS FOR 2020 ELECTION

For convenient reference, this thread contains my most important pieces describing forecasts—and warnings—for the 2020 election on November 3.

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27 Oct
THREAD: PEACE

For convenient reference, this thread compiles some of my most important pre-election work calling for peace efforts.

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16 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART XI—CONCLUSION: FINDING RECONCILIATION AND TOGETHERNESS

This thread contains excerpts from Part XI of “How We Got Here.” This part concludes the treatise, distilling key points and painting a moral vision for the future.

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“One day, when this nightmare is over, we will need a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. In the Commission, among other things, we will have to ask ourselves hard questions about the conditions that have allowed extremism to take hold.”

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“Already, a pre-autopsy of how Trump took over America highlights crucial issues. Most of all, the greatest danger is not Trump himself. The greatest danger is the wedge that exists within our society.”

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15 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART X—THE CURRENT STAGE OF CRISIS

This thread contains excerpts from Part X of “How We Got Here.” This part reflects on the current state of our nation’s crisis, in the context of the treatise’s preceding exposition.

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“At present, we have already progressed to a late stage of the crisis that our country faces. Our nation is essentially in a state of tribal warfare, with two competing camps that have entirely different conceptions of reality.”

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“Even if one camp may be mostly ‘right’ and the other may be mostly ‘wrong,’ the societal chasm endangers all of us.”

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14 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART IX—CHARLOTTESVILLE AS A CASE STUDY

This thread contains excerpts from Part IX of “How We Got Here.” This part uses the 2017 events in Charlottesville to illustrate many of the arguments from the treatise.

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“I do not wish to re-open old wounds, but I would like to revisit the 2017 events in Charlottesville—because they are illustrative of many of this treatise's observations. It is my hope that readers will consider this case study with an open mind.”

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“As with virtually all Trump-related political crises over the past four years, a substantial portion of the country was unmoved by the political left's uproar. How could this be?”

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13 Oct
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TRUMP’S TACTICS ON NOVEMBER 3—PART II: STRATEGIC RESPONSE

As our nation gets closer and closer to all-out crisis, our strategic response continues to significantly influence our fate.

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Here, I discuss what we must do—and how we can cope—in the face of Trump’s key tactics analyzed in Part I of this series.

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After four years of experiencing Trump’s assaults, we can and we must do better—because we all have the power to adjust our strategies to overcome his agenda.

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13 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART VIII—THE FUNDAMENTAL ORIGINS OF EXTREMIST HATE AND THE CONDITIONS FOR DEMAGOGUERY

This thread contains excerpts from Part VIII. This part addresses the need to understand the social origins of extremist hate.

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“To understand how we arrived at our present circumstances—and how the progressive movement may have done better in forestalling this scenario—we also need to more deeply examine the origins of extremist hate.”

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“Hate does not arise in a vacuum. Hate arises from known conditions, especially severe inequality, which predispose certain populations to extremism. It is these conditions which make a population vulnerable to exploitation by a demagogue.”

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12 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART VII—A POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE

This thread contains excerpts from Part VII of “How We Got Here.” This part focuses on the failure of the Democrats to speak to Trump's base, along with the empathy shortage in our politics.

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“Instead of speaking to the grievances of Trump's base of supporters—many of which overlap with the grievances of other vulnerable groups—the Democrats have fallen for every ploy laid by Trump over the past four years.”

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“In playing into his traps, they have effectively pitted themselves against his supporters, allowing members of this group to be further manipulated by a demagogue.”

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11 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART VI—POLITICS OF PERSONALITY

This thread contains excerpts from Part VI of “How We Got Here.” This part addresses the personalization of politics and the need to instead focus on systems and ideas to achieve justice.

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“Another fundamental problem in our political discourse, which spans the political spectrum but also applies to the progressive movement, has been the conflation of person and idea.”

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“We can hate a person's speech without hating the person. In fact, we can hate a person's speech even while loving the person. Our discourse and debate must fundamentally revolve around ideas, not persons.”

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10 Oct
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TRUMP’S TACTICS ON NOVEMBER 3—PART I: UNDERSTANDING THE ADVERSARY

Let the events of Trump’s Covid infection—true or not—be a preview of the much taller tidal wave of disinformation that will very likely be unleashed against our country on November 3.

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As the Covid ordeal was merely the latest in a four-year string of escalating dramas, we can only expect further—in fact, exponential—escalation from here.

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Because our strategic response to Trump’s stunts may make the difference between redemption and collapse for our country, we must draw lessons from the Covid drama.

Fundamentally, to successfully defend against such attacks, we must understand how the adversary operates.

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10 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART V—AN IDENTITY-BASED MOVEMENT FOR THE PROGRESSIVE CAUSE

This thread contains excerpts from Part V of “How We Got Here.” This part critiques identity-based movements and lays out a new vision of togetherness.

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“Instead of capitalizing on the cause for national economic justice as an opportunity to unite the country, the progressive movement has grown increasingly identity-based in recent years.”

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“The progressive movement has a challenging path to navigate. In particular, we must think critically about how to achieve long-overdue social justice in a fashion that is and that feels inclusive for all groups in society.”

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9 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART IV—HUMANISTIC APPROACHES AND THE LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL ECONOMIC JUSTICE

This thread contains excerpts from Part IV. This part explores the key role of love-based approaches in addressing our political problems.

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“The imposition of systems and values is rarely effective by itself and can even be counterproductive. While our society needs rules to govern human behavior, communities also must come to moral values on their own.”

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“How would we instead pursue an approach based on love? First and foremost, we would never denigrate those who disagree with us, especially those from disparate backgrounds.”

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8 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART III—A DIVERGING SOCIETY

This thread contains excerpts from Part III of “How We Got Here.” This part addresses the cultural rift that has divided America and the progressive movement’s role in exacerbating this rift.

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“As cultural change unfolds at breakneck speed in urban areas, the divergence between urban and rural culture in our country only grows wider.”

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“Because cities hold the source of power, much of rural white America is left feeling that its culture and status have been progressively eroded. This perception, combined with economic decline, feeds a bleak worldview.”

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7 Oct
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HIGHLIGHTING THE SHORTFALLS OF RESISTANCE STRATEGY

To develop effective resistance strategy, we must first come to understand the adversary we are up against.

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After understanding the adversary, we can correct our flawed assumptions.

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If we do not correct those assumptions, our strategic responses are bound to remain largely ineffective.

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7 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART II—DEEP-SEATED DENIALISM AND CLASSISM

This thread contains excerpts from Part II of “How We Got Here.” This part addresses our country’s denialism in the face of lost lives and livelihoods among many Trump supporters.

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“Thus far, my commentary on denialism has primarily addressed a relatively short-term version of this disease: our denial of our country's current authoritarian path, and our denial that we may now be headed toward mass atrocity.”

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“However, this denialism has much deeper roots. In fact, the denialism stretches back many years, beginning with the progressive movement's denial of the existence and legitimacy of a large swath of the country.”

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6 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: PART I—INTRODUCTION: TRIBALISM MEETS A CONFLICT LONG IN THE MAKING

This thread contains excerpts from Part I of “How We Got Here.” This part provides an overview of the work and describes my approach to the matters at hand.

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“As I write these words, forces of evil are committing heinous crimes and appear to be preparing an organized, murderous assault on our country.”

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“Even though a majority of Americans voted against the white supremacist candidate in 2016, how have we reached a point where hate is openly expressed and becomes more extreme by the day?”

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6 Oct
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HOW WE GOT HERE: THE 2020 POLITICAL CRISIS AND THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL CHANGE

For convenient reference, this thread compiles all of the parts of the treatise entitled, "How We Got Here." As each part is released, I will add it to this thread.

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