I'm recording this before Thanksgiving, though you're listening to it afterward. I trust your holiday was a good one.
Among my reasons to give thanks, nothing is more dear than the freedom to think for myself -- and we assume that readers of this page are of kindred mind. As always, listen on and enjoy.
We don't usually think of The Pilgrims as "risk takers," but the fact is that they took risks on a scale few of us can even imagine. Yet the smartest risk the Pilgrims took is the one few people even know. Discover what it was in this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture -- plus a few thoughts on the risks of wise compassion.
"Global wave of anxiety" is how one news report put it, referring to election outcomes that include Trump and Brexit. Yet the scope of this "wave" goes beyond election politics -- the bigger context is a pronounced shift in the 500-year globalization trend.
Listen on & hear what we see.
Earlier this week, we went to Google News and searched for "Trump market rally." Listen in and hear about a few of the headlines that popped up -- plus, how those headlines contrast with headlines from 8 years ago. That and more in the latest episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.
Evidence of the profoundly polarized electorate could not be more clear: One presidential candidate won a narrow majority of the popular vote, the other presidential candidate prevailed in the Electoral College.
There is a pre-condition for polarization -- namely, social mood. Please read on. There's a lot to talk about, including legal cannabis and California secession.
Fifty years ago, he was a one-man counterculture defined by mood. Today he is no. 3 on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. He never stopped defying the government that disapproved of his words. Get the full story from Pop Trends, Price Culture.
Next week we'll have one less topic to talk about. Well, to be exact, we'll have moved from the "before" to the "after."
Point being, Yes -- we all want the election to be over. But the trend that drives what comes next (including how the public responds) depends on social mood.
Let’s get started.
It was a long time ago, but not so far away: A great historian's timeless essay defined an ugly black thread that is embedded in the fabric of U.S. history. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" proved so insightful that it anticipated the tragi-farce spectacle known as the election of 2016, fifty-plus years ago. Hear it for yourself in this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.