Trump Could Learn a Thing or Two from Islam

A Washington Post article recently caught my eye: “What Islam Could Teach Donald Trump about Democracy and Freedom.” Professor David Decosimo writes that when the prophet Muhammad died, Abu Bakr became the next leader of the Muslim community. In his first speech, Bakr said something like this to his followers: “I’m no better than any…

Obama ’17? Oui, on peut

The French will vote for a new president in April amid political disarray—the Brexit vote in the UK, the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, and the rise of nationalism throughout Europe and the United States. Five candidates are running for the office, including Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, France’s far…

Akron’s Immigrant Population Creates Jobs, Wealth

  Last month, CNN reported that immigrants to Akron, Ohio, are doing nothing less than helping save that city’s economy. Between 2007 and 2013, the Rubber City’s immigrant population increased by more than 30%, helping to stem what could have been a devastating population decline. “We were losing people like most Midwestern cities,” said Akron’s…

Being a Responsible Consumer of Media

I’ve been spending a lot of time online these days. First thing every morning, I check out the headlines of the Washington Post and the New York Times. Then I move on to Politico and maybe the Huffington Post—whatever grabs my attention. Since the election, I’ve spent a lot more time sifting through the news….

Meet a Reformed KKK Member in This Short Documentary

Scott Shepherd joined the KKK at age 17 and by 19 he was a grand dragon heading recruitment of the racist group in Tennessee. These days, however, Shepherd refers to himself as a “reformed racist.” He writes on his blog: “I am on a mission of education and self education with hopes that I may…

About Those “Angry Leftist Mobs” Being Paid to Protest…

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans urged congressional representatives to stop holding town hall meetings because of “acts of intimidation and violence” by groups like Indivisible. Virginia Rep. Dave Brat voiced similar concerns, suggesting that Indivisible members are a bunch of women “up in my grill no matter where I go.” Then there’s Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who claims the group is perpetrating “political thuggery”…

How to Change Hearts and Minds

What’s the most effective way to get people to join our cause? By cajoling them? By using fact-based arguments? By inspiring them? Unfortunately, facts alone aren’t enough to sway people, and most of us don’t like feeling pressured—even if it’s just a good-natured cajoling. If you want to appeal to hearts and minds, you’ve got to inspire people, according to communications…