Lambchop - Up with People

03/29/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News

02/17/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cognitive-ability-and-vulnerability-to-fake-news/

Thus, even if a person was open-minded and tolerant, a low level of cognitive ability put them at risk for being unjustifiably harsh in their second evaluation of Nathalie.

One possible explanation for this finding is based on the theory that a person’s cognitive ability reflects how well they can regulate the contents of working memory—their “mental workspace” for processing information. First proposed by the cognitive psychologists Lynn Hasher and Rose Zacks, this theory holds that some people are more prone to “mental clutter” than other people. In other words, some people are less able to discard (or “inhibit”) information from their working memory that is no longer relevant to the task at hand—or, as in the case of Nathalie, information that has been discredited.

Edsall looks at why democracy doesn't correct inequality

02/15/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/opinion/democracy-inequality-thomas-piketty.html

Brahmin left vs Merchant Right

http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/Piketty2018PoliticalConflict.pdf

Piketty asks why we see more right-based populism over left-based populism (racism vs trade)

there was an American party system in which one party, the Republicans, was primarily responsive to white collar constituencies, and in which the other, the Democrats, was primarily responsive to blue collar constituencies.

After reform, Shafer contends,

there were two parties each responsive to quite different white collar constituencies, while the old blue collar majority within the Democratic Party was forced to try to squeeze back into the party once identified predominately with its needs.

Do you like your populism leftish or rightish?

02/15/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/business/economy/populist-politics-globalization.html

But right-wing populism — like that harnessed in Europe — is provoked by immigration. Its clan consciousness exploits cleavages of race, religion and nationality. On the left, by contrast, the “us versus them” narrative focuses on the economic divide between the capitalists and the working class. Populists of the left mostly take aim at trade.

The United States was ripe for both reflexes. Over the last 50 years, as the nation opened its markets to foreign trade, it never set up a social safety net to help workers dislodged by change, as Europe did. It also experienced large-scale immigration across the southern border. And it was walloped by a financial crisis that proved to typical workers that Wall Street would always get a better deal.

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