John Steiner: Time to Pop Your Conspiracy Cherry?

It’s Time to Pop Your Conspiracy Theory Cherry By Tim Bryant, Wake-Up World, 3 May 2016 Anyone who has spent the time going deep down the “rabbit hole” and researching in the realms of alternative information/conspiracy theory knows that a large majority of the world’s population hasn’t a clue as to what’s really going on …

John Steiner: What Should Every American Know?

What should every American know? In this time of social division and demographic change, we in the United States need a base of common knowledge more than ever. That’s why we created an initiative called What Every American Should Know. Inspired by our colleague E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy, we are asking: What do …

John Steiner: Proposal for an Independent Primary

Overview of an emerging possibility. Issue No. 26:   “The Antidote to a Broken Political System” In a piece for the Daily Beast Monday, James K. Glassman, former Under Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration, made an impassioned – and, in our view, logical – case for a separate online national primary contest to choose …

John Steiner: 58% US Voters Want New Party

Americans Continue to Say a Third Political Party Is Needed A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” representing the American people. These views are little changed from last year’s high. Since 2007, a majority has typically called …

John Steiner: Responses to Mark Bittman in NYT (“Is It Bad Enough Yet?”)

Letters Fixing What’s Wrong With America To the Editor: Re “Is It Bad Enough Yet?,” by Mark Bittman (column, Dec. 14): EXTRACTS: 01 The question is whether any change can occur with such a bought-and-paid-for, dysfunctional Congress and president. 02 But where are our leaders? Truthfully, too busy chasing their next campaign contribution or positioning …

John Steiner: Mark Bittman in NYT – Is It Bad Enough Yet?

Is It Bad Enough Yet? THE police killing unarmed civilians. Horrifying income inequality. Rotting infrastructure and an unsafe “safety net.” An inability to respond to climate, public health and environmental threats. A food system that causes disease. An occasionally dysfunctional and even cruel government. A sizable segment of the population excluded from work and subject …

John Steiner: There’s a New Mainstream Out There — and You’re Probably Part of It

There’s a New Mainstream Out There — and You’re Probably Part of It Millions of people the world over are part of The New Mainstream. It is defined neither by generation, by politico credo, nor by religious creed. The New Mainstream is defined by recognition that we are in a time of awakening to a …

John Steiner: Civil Discourse and Village Square

Common Ground, Common Good Civil discourse that doesn’t taste like broccoli Neither a barrage of facts nor a sense of civic duty alone will make people reexamine their positions. As we’ve learned at The Village Square, civil discourse requires friendship, humor – and irreverence. Tallahassee, Fla. — In the early 1800s, things weren’t looking particularly …