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Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez Guest, Mark Gerzon

On Novemeber 8th, the Shadow Politics Podcast with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez invited Mark to participate in a conversation about his book The Reunited States of America. You can listen by clicking the link below. “If the 2020 election has taught us anything, it’s that America is divided right down the middle. We

By Mark Gerzon 6 months ago
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DON’T CANCEL THE DEBATES FIX THEM. CHRIS GATES AND MARK GERZON, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS

As a nation, we are all recovering from the disaster that was the first presidential ‘debate.’ Despite his best effort, moderator Chris Wallace was steamrolled by waves of insults, acrimony, and incomprehensible cross-talk. Now Facebook is filled with people calling on future debates to be canceled. We think the answer is to fix the debates, not

By Mark Gerzon 7 months ago
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Disrupting the presidential debates

Disrupting the Presidential Debates Chris Gates and Mark Gerzon, opinion contributors Before Vice President Biden and President Trump face each other for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29, we think it is essential to reimagine these televised encounters to make them more compelling, fair and relevant. Both of us have spent our careers facilitating

By Mark Gerzon 8 months ago
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Mediators Foundation Year End Report: 2018 Project Updates

President’s Annual Letter January 2018 “I’m homeless,” wrote conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks recently. “I’m politically homeless.” Congratulations, David — welcome to the movement of which Mediators Foundation is a vital part. We have a new way of calling a taxi (it’s called Uber or Lyft), a new way of doing our homework or other

By bkeithmonroe 3 years ago
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Democracy Is an Inside Job by Mark Gerzon

If you take the medicine prescribed by your doctor and your condition only worsens, you know you need a new prescription — and perhaps a different doctor and diagnosis as well. The same is true when democracy gets sick. I should know: my colleagues and I are part of a field called by different names

By bkeithmonroe 3 years ago
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Brain Politics by Mark Gerzon

  “Make no mistake: We are a country under attack.” -John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary “The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. It’s easy. Just tell them they are under attack.” -Hermann Goering, Minister of the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler If the Department of Homeland Security is defending the

By bkeithmonroe 3 years ago
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Four Ways to Fix American Politics by Mark Gerzon

It’s not just young revolutionary Bernie Sanders supporters or angry-as-hell Donald Trump fans who want to “change the system.” It’s also the President of the United States of America. The future we want “will only happen if we fix our politics,” said President Barack Obama in his 2016 State of the Union address. “If we

By bkeithmonroe 3 years ago