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I'm Not Hopeful About COP21 in Paris

[A version of this appeared Nov. 29 in Yale Climate Connections]     Starting November 30, some 45,000-plus interested parties converge in Paris to try to influence the final form of what is supposed to be a universal agreement among nations on how to address the unfolding threat ...

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affluenceanddiscontent

Affluence and Discontent offers a theory about the nature and origins of the consumer society. The book argues that the consumer society is the latest artifact in an ancient rhythm of western societies that has seen reason gradually marginalize religious influences over behavior. The genius of the consumer society lies in the way it capitalizes on the very religious discontents if produces: as materialism and reason crowd out religion, these disenfranchised forces resurface in fads and countercultural movements that are then domesticated as new sources of consumer interest.

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Short Take

Mr. Trump has now yanked the credentials of several newspapers, magazine, and digital news sites. Apart from adding the role of a free press to the fast-expanding list of topics on which he reveals collosal ignorance, this also shows his complete naivety about how the system works. The way to improve your coverage is not to exclude journalists, but to keep them close, and let the Stockholm Syndrome work its magic. So keep going Donald (Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times reports that he nearing the point of banning its journalists) and we might get real fair and balanced coverage of his campaign!
 



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