Dispatches: Finding Equal Ground in Political Discourse
News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
The Case for Arguing Politics With Your Family at Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, skip the extra beer and take the higher ground in your family debate; chances are, your relatives will follow your example.
Great Debate: Will Politicians Answer the Question?
American political campaigners are primed to deliver talking points regardless of the question they’ve actually been asked. Two professors offer tips for more on-target debates going forward.
Conservatives' Politics of Fear a Biological Response
Researchers looking at how we fixate on threats uncover more evidence of a biological component to the red-blue divide.
Reintroducing Paul Goodman, the 'Public Intellectual'
A new documentary film, "Paul Goodman Changed My Life," tells the at-times risqué story of the seminal public intellectual of the American left whose impact evaporated after his death in 1972.
Political Infamy Is Raising Money — For Both Sides
A new measurement using Google search terms creates an “infamy index” for politicians and finds that being infamous helps in fundraising.
‘Conservative’ Means Different Things to Different Conservatives
Voters self-identify as conservatives for several reasons, only one of which is that it reflects their politics