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September 16, 2015

ScreamFree Politics?

Hal photo outside Feb2012Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” (Ambrose Bierce)

Ahh, the season of rampant reactivity is upon us. There is nothing quite like U.S. Presidential elections to elevate the volume and escalate the tensions.

I’ve been approached on numerous occasions to develop a program, or write a book, on ScreamFree Politics. I think of this suggestion the same way I think about ScreamFree Golf: there is simply no such thing. (And those who’ve played golf with me over the years can testify).

It would be interesting, however, to try and judge each candidate, and the media that cover them, by their emotional reactivity. How well do they handle criticism? How much do they value honest discourse? How honest can they be about their own self-interests, and not hide behind the pretense that they have none—they “only want to serve the American people.” Such calm, honest people would be practicing ScreamFree Politics.

Told ya there was no such thing.

 

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