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Archive for February, 2013

Please check out my new blog

Posted by Free to Think on February 27, 2013

Dear Common Sense readers,

Nearly nine months ago I suspended my Common Sense and Open Mind blog, and began exploring ideas for a new political series. I felt that meaningful political dialogue in America had become stalled, and I wanted to explore the root of it. My new blog, Free to Think, is the product of that investigation.

I believe that our two-party political system, and the bitter divide it has created, has profoundly affected our ability to think freely. As I describe in my first post:

“In the United States we’re given a left vs. right choice that theoretically makes up the entire range of political opinion. But it doesn’t. Instead we are funneled into two-dimensional thinking that eliminates a whole spectrum of thought.

“Instead of focusing on whether ‘our’ side is correct on particular issues, perhaps it’s time to examine the failings of our two-party system as a whole. While we’ve been occupied with topics of the moment such as “fiscal cliffs,” gun control and abortion, we’ve lost sight of some of the basic problems that mar our system.”

In order to best delve into American’s most challenging issues, I believe we must take a giant step outside the constraints of the status quo and reexamine the history of our uniquely American political psychology.

Thank you for being loyal readers in the past. I invite you to join me again as we explore our freedom to think.

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