Category: Political Psychology

Living, Political Psychology

Declare Independence from Social Media. Do This Instead

The American Revolution started in a tavern. Actually, it started in many taverns. But taverns they were. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis hatched their greatest novels in The Eagle and Child tavern in Oxford. If you want to be as great as the founding fathers or as prolific as Tolkien and Lewis, get off social …

2018 Election, Persuasion, Political Psychology

Here’s what will happen in 2018 election (POLL)

Do you think Democrats will retake the House, the Senate, or both in the 2018 election? [socialpoll id=”2479812″] Now that you’ve answered, let’s consider the limits of data science in 2018. The best data scientists in the world agreed with nearly absolute certainty. These scientists determined, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Hillary Clinton would be …

News, Political Psychology

How the Washington Post Radicalizes Murderers (video)

To liberals, the murder of a Republican is like the swatting of a mosquito. They oppose violence in theory, but they also want the pest dead. They’re just too lazy to get out of their easy chairs to do it themselves. Cass Sunstein, a leftist who’s happy whenever a conservative dies early, wrote a book …

Political Psychology, Political Strategy, President Trump

False Flag or Not

The contemporary term false flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that activities appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. [Wikipedia] Think of a time when you acted on false information. You knew it …

Political Psychology

What Do I Mean By “Narrative”

“I don’t agree.” Some folks disagreed with my instant assessment of the Syrian strike. My assessment: Trump’s surprise military attack will shift four narratives in Trump’s favor: Trump is Hitler: dead Trump is a Russian agent: dead Trump is incompetent: dying Trump is a lightweight among world leaders: dead In other words, it took 59 …

Headline, Political Psychology

BACKFIRE: Psychological Tricks Used to Advance Russian Conspiracy Theory

Newspapers lie. And by “newspapers,” I mean the whole mainstream media. Yesterday I told you how Donald Trump punked the media by pulling a Crazy Ivan maneuver. A critic on Twitter thinks I’m lying. He thinks I’m lying because he read a news article. He read it in the New York Times. This Twitter critic …

Political Psychology

How ObamaCare Benefits from the Scarcity Heuristic

The Concorde was a supersonic passenger plane. It shuttled people between New York and Paris very quickly. When commercial Concorde flights began in 1976, the novelty and excitement of flying at twice the speed of sound led people to line up to take the flights. But after 27 years and several safety mishaps, the Concorde’s …

2016 Election, Political Psychology

Trump’s Landslide Tipping Point Is Breathing Down Your Neck

We’re getting close, folks. So close you can feel it. Close your eyes and feel the soft, warm breath on the back of your neck. (Now open your eyes and continue reading. You’re such a good reader.) As you watch the polls shift rapidly toward Trump, you might wonder what’s happening. What’s happening is completely …

2016 Election, Political Psychology

Purpose Trumps Policy and Principles—Video

Why did Trump beat Ted Cruz? Probably the biggest reason is that Trump talks purpose while Cruz talks policy and principles. When people hear Trump, they hear a purpose that aligns with their purpose. I know I do. And it’s similar to the purpose Arthur C. Brooks explained in his great book, The Conservative Heart. Ted …