The Psy of Life: Two New Posts

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I’ve been fascinated by the tendency of people to vote against their best interests in democracies. We’ve seen it all around the world in fledgling democracies to the oldest democracy, but can it be explained so that it is understood? Can the explanation help lead us to a solution?

In The Republican Stooge Voter: The How & the Why Of It All I have collected annotated links to all of my articles on this topic, but I’ve also added a few more pieces to this complex puzzle.

Then, I went and wrote up another article on the topic — I’ve added it to the above — in which I analyze an example of the conning of the vote in action in real time. “Against this filth”: How Social Identity, Cognitive Ease, & Repetition Keep the GOP in Office

I know my biases are showing, but I’d appreciate a few words in the comments as to whether you think I’ve actually explained the tendency or if there are other pieces still missing. In other words, is it a convincing and satisfying explanation?

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Jack

The Psy of Life: The Merrick Garland Impasse

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I am struck by the Republican attempts to completely wash the existence of Merrick Garland as a Supreme Court nominee from the national consciousness, especially as the Neil Gorsuch hearings progress in the Senate. The Republicans may go nuclear and get rid of the filibuster all together, but can something more productive be done in this situation? I have some ideas, but the GOP ain’t gonna like ’em!

A Quickie: The Merrick Garland Impasse

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Jack

The Psy of Life: Two More Blog Posts

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I’ve got two posts to share today. I can’t seem to get away from blogging about the unfolding disaster happening in Washington DC. I have other things to blog about, but (a) it is the most important thing happening and (b) who can look away? It’s like a car wreck happening over the past 60 days and needing another 1,000 to complete itself right in front of you! You daren’t take your eyes from it.

Anywho.

A Quickie: I Told You So, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber Fights with Everyone Chaos Results

Deaths of Despair: The Republican Stooge Voters Are Right, They Are Being Left Behind

I’m really quite proud of the second one. I’ve been grappling with how people could’ve voted for the Ol’ Pussy Grabber, and, slowly, the picture has been coming into focus. I’d love to hear from each and everyone of all y’all in the comments or if you’re ever in the Guangzhou neighborhood!

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Jack

The Psy of Life: The WH’s Gaslighting Techniques EXPOSED!

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I’ve been struck this week by the gyrations and contortions that the administration has gone to to maintain its obvious lies and sow chaos across the land. At this point, it doesn’t serve any real purpose, but it got me to thinking about gaslighting and what a gaslighter did exactly. What are the techniques of a gaslighter. Well, here I offer a detailed look at four of ’em and a couple of corollaries in The WH’s Gaslighting Techniques EXPOSED!

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Jack

The Psy of Life: A Quickie: Congress & the White House Are A Single Party Democratic Kleptocracy

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I know I editorialize a lot in my political opinion, but I try and leaven it with substance and fact. I provide links to suitable and responsible sources of information. This post departs from that. It is nearly all straight opinion, but since the president of the US tweeted that Obama had wire tapped him, the Republican Congress has said that they need to investigate the claim, and the Republican Obamacare replacement bill has been released, I realized a thing or two about our crumbling democracy: the Republicans are not even trying to govern. They are just grabbing with both hands like a common single party totalitarian state.

A Quickie: Congress & the White House Are A Single Party Democratic Kleptocracy

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Jack

The Psy of Life: Healthcare & Taxes: How We Deal with Complexity

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I have addressed the healthcare tussle and the new GOP healthcare bill. What do people do when facing impossibly complex situations like thick reams of bills and complex laws? We don’t! We look for simpler problems to solve and our emotions. This tendency leaves up open to manipulation, which the GOP has exploited viciously.

Read all about it in my newest blog post, Healthcare & Taxes: How We .Deal with Complexity

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Jack

The Psy of Life: The Muslim Travel Ban: Understanding the Abuse of Innocents

We’ve seen this picture before. We know how it ends. The cast of characters has changed, but we recognize the plot and where it is headed. The question is the same this time as it was the last: why will morally upstanding people do great harm to other human beings? Luckily, we have some answers from Stanley Milgram and his Obedience Study and Philip Zimbardo and his Stanford Prison Study. I apply both to the mess that occurred in our air ports as hundreds of people were unnecessarily mistreated by our agents of Customs and Border Protection.

The Muslim Travel Ban: Understanding the Abuse of Innocents

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Jack

The Psy of Life: The Making of the Republican Stooge Voter: A Review of “Strangers In Their Own Land”

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It is one of the most confounding political, sociological, and psychological problems of our time. Arlie Hochschild has written a very sensitive and sensible book recapping her sociological research into determining why Louisiana residents are so strongly against the federal government when they so obviously need the federal government to protect them from corporate polluters, their state government, and environmental pollution? It is one of the saddest stories ever told.

The Making of the Republican Stooge Voter: A Review of “Strangers In Their Own Land”

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Jack

The Psy of Life: Polarized Politics: fMRI’s & Bridging the Gap

Tired of arguing with your favorite drunk uncle and getting no where? Wonder what is going on in that inebriated head of his? An fMRI study sheds some light on why political beliefs are so difficult to change. But, there are some recommendations that may help! Read all about it in my latest:

Polarized Politics: fMRI’s & Bridging the Gap

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Jack

The Psy of Life: Polarized Politics: fMRI’s & Bridging the Gap

Tired of arguing with your favorite drunk uncle and getting no where? Wonder what is going on in that inebriated head of his? An fMRI study sheds some light on why political beliefs are so difficult to change. But, there are some recommendations that may help! Read all about it in my latest:

Polarized Politics: fMRI’s & Bridging the Gap

Huzzah!
Jack