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The Real Roots of American Rage

The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it.

Charles Duhigg, the Atlantic

I. An Angry Little Town

Soon after the snows of 1977 began to thaw, the residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, received a strange questionnaire in the mail. “Try to recall the number of times you became annoyed and/or angry during the past week,” the survey instructed. “Describe the most angry of these experiences.” One woman knew her answer: Recently, her husband had bought a new car. Then he had driven it to his mistress’s house so she could admire the purchase. When the wife found out, she was livid. Furious. Her rage felt like an eruption she couldn’t control.

The survey was interested in the particulars of respondents’ anger. In its 14 pages, it sought an almost voyeuristic level of detail. It asked the woman to describe the stages of her fury, which words she had shouted, whether punches had been thrown. “In becoming angry, did you wish to get back at, or gain revenge?” the survey inquired. Afterward, did you feel “triumphant, confident and dominant” or “ashamed, embarrassed and guilty”? There were also questions for people like her husband, who had been on the receiving end: “Did the other person’s anger come as a surprise to you, or did you expect that it would occur?”

Charles Duhigg won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting while at The New York Times. He is the author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better.

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How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

The one where we retain our sanity in a stupid world.

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Mar 21, 2016 | I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, led by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.

You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots. And even if you see it from my point of view, it doesn’t matter. The constant barrage of laughter from the live studio audience will remind us that our own reactions are unnecessary, redundant.*r5NCDvNPOM2xbFQlZz-13w.png David Hopkins: Author of short story collection We Miss All the Great Parties. Work in Chicago Tribune, D Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Smart Pop.

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109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2018/11/20/943/n/1922441/aec8431fe6719258_1_Help_an_elderly_person_cross_the_street./i/Help-elderly-person-cross-street.jpg


Zara Patel, Popsugar

December 3, 2018 | We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we often forget to think of others. But a small gesture of kindness can not only make someone else's entire day, but it can also make you feel good. So why not spread the love and try a random act of kindness today? Here are 109 ideas to get you started. Patel, Editorial Intern, Popsugar

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The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves

  • We choose to believe we’re living in the richest country in the world. Yet all available evidence suggests our wealth is largely an abstraction.
  • Related: Americans Live In A World Of Lies

Jacob Bacharach, Truthdig 18, 2015 | In September 2016, the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught on fire. Originally built in 1928 and last renovated in 1982, the bridge carries more than 50,000 vehicles a day and serves as a main commuter link between the city’s central business district and its populous southern suburbs. Long in a state of questionable repair, it had been an object of particular concern after the spectacular and deadly collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007. Pennsylvania had—and still has—one of the highest percentages of “structurally deficient” bridges in the nation, and the prospect of a failure of the Liberty Bridge, whose main span is nearly 45 feet above the Monongahela River, was terrifying to contemplate.

Nevertheless, it took six years after the I-35W disaster for Pennsylvania’s perennially Republican state legislature to pass a transportation spending bill to free up repair funds. In the interim, increasingly drastic weight restrictions had been imposed in order to prevent, or at least mitigate against, a Liberty Bridge failure or collapse.

Jacob Bacharach is the author of the novels "The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates" and "The Bend of the World." His most recent book is "A Cool Customer: Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking." His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Haaretz, The New Inquiry, and many others.

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Americans Live In A World Of Lies, Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

  • millions of Americans whose jobs were given away to foreigners know full well that they have not benefited. They know the story told by neoliberal economists and financial presstitutes is a lie.
  • Related: American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths. enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.


Special Project | An Armistice Day Holiday Reader

  • Part 1: Celebrate the Kellogg-Briand Pact–Banning All War ~ David Swanson
  • And we need to make tomorrow, August 27th, a war abolition holiday, apeace holiday, Kellogg-Briand Pact of Paris Strangest Dream Another World Is Possible Day. Tear down a war monument. Raise up a peace treaty.
  • Part 2: On Armistice Day, Let’sCelebratePeace .
  • Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.
  • Related: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs

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Part 1: Celebrate the Kellogg-Briand Pact–Banning All War ~ David Swanson

And we need to make tomorrow, August 27th, a war abolition holiday, a peace holiday, Kellogg-Briand Pact of Paris Strangest Dream Another World Is Possible Day. Tear down a war monument. Raise up a peace treaty.

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad at Veterans For Peace Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 26, 2018. by Thomas Hawk via Flickr August 30, 2018 | There are a lot of things named Kellogg around here, and few who know why. The two biggest names in the news in 1928 were those of future white supremacist Charles Lindbergh and of Frank Kellogg. One of those names has lasted longer.
Frank Kellogg was a U.S. Secretary of State, and probably the one most worth teaching people about.


David Swanson  is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He isa 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Part 2: On Armistice Day, Let’s Celebrate Peace .

Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.

Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence / Progressive 10, 2018 | Wilfred Owen, an English poet who was killed in action exactly one week before the Armistice that finally ended World War I was signed, wrote about the horrors of living in trenches and enduring gas warfare.

In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young,” he revises the Biblical narrative about Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Believing God willed the slaughter, Abraham prepared to bind Isaac and slay him. Owen transforms Abraham into the European powers who were willing to slaughter youthful generations in the trenches of World War I.

Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute / Straight Line Logic

  • in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute <>:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men

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