Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Helpful New Conflict Word: Agonism

The Net often gives rise to antagonistic discussions where one side seeks to win and denies the validity of the other sides’s arguments or even sometimes almost wishes they didn’t exist. I came across a new word the other day … Continue reading

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The Political Division of Labor to Bridge Divides

I work with a group called Bridge the Divide to try to encourage dialogue across the political divides. I posted this for them and dedicate it to their efforts:  OK here is a real shot at bridging the divide. Excuse … Continue reading

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Response to Conservative Anarchists: Yes the State Contributes to My Happiness

I have been increasingly concerned that conservative reaction to recent years of electoral defeats has not just been to question specific political policies but to turn to some sort of unthinking anti-state anarchism, denouncing the very idea of the state. … Continue reading

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World Wide Readership of This Blog

To get some sense of our global reach since Word Press provided a count by countries from which readers came in February in February 2012 (two years ago) our Top Twenty Countries with hits recorded for each are shown below. … Continue reading

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Why Cohesive Groups Out Compete Individualist Free Riders in Conflict as Per Charles Darwin

In an on line argument with a gun nut I posted: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) nailed it well I think when he said: “When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being … Continue reading

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‘Stop Being So Religious’: Conflict Poem: Hafiz (1325-1389)

Stop Being So Religious What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It … Continue reading

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Mapping Your Interests in Conflict, Collaboration or Internal Dilemmas

A very good friend of mine, I call The Wave Rider, has just asked me how she might map out her Interests in a complex collaboration/conflict situation at work. I thought this was a really good question, and one we … Continue reading

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