Bernie speaks again about what democratic socialism means, and raises a debate about what freedom is.
- Bernie Sanders again spoke about what democratic socialism means to him.
- At one point, he explained how his notion of freedom is possible only in a society that protects economic rights.
- His speech reveals that his thinking goes beyond a mere dedication to economic opportunity.
A majority both disapproves of him and think's he'll win next year. What gives?
- A new poll shows a majority of respondents think Trump will win another term next year.
- This is despite the fact that the respondents didn't all approve of Trump.
- Similar polls have been taken for other Presidents at the same point in their first term.
New Zealand's recent budget policy puts the health and well-being of its citizens over economic growth.
- Economists and politicians have traditionally focused on economic growth to set policy and measure how citizens fare.
- New Zealand has become the first country to put well-being, not growth or production, at the center of its economic policy.
- Calls for "purposeful capitalism" are emerging in other countries, including the United States.
Are we witnessing the end of democracy in America?
- Much like in marriage, you also have to have political compromise in a country.
- During the last few decades, American elected representatives and our electorates succeeded in reaching compromise about difficult issues. However, political compromise seems to be breaking down today.
- This breakdown, Diamond posits, is the "most serious" problem the United States faces because it could preciptate the rise of a dictatorship in the country.
With the seemingly endless growth of the Democratic primary field, we may suffer from choice overload. The result? In fear of making the wrong choice, we may fail to make any.
- The Democratic primary field has grown to be one of the largest in history, partially due to a desire to take down Donald Trump.
- But this may backfire; social behaviorists warn that presenting people with too many choices can produce choice overload, resulting in paralysis and regret.
- What are the negative effects of being offered too many choices? Are there any benefits to be had from this huge field of candidates?
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