SOME BRIEF THOUGHTS FROM BLOG COLLEAGUE ART LERMAN, PH.D.

Some brief thoughts from Art Lerman
CVSCHARLES BLOW
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CVS deciding to stop selling tobacco products: Is this an example of the hypothesis that capitalistic interests and progressivism will be coming together more and more in the future?

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I’m recommending Charles Blow’s NYTimes column on the Republican party becoming the bastion for insecure men who see their traditional privileged social position under threat from

a.       progressive trends—trends promoting equality of people of all genders, colors, ethnicities, and sexual orientations—as well as from

b.      an economy no longer providing men with a secure “head of the household” income.

Indeed, without the secure income, the traditional privileged male position is all that is left to support such male self-esteem–all the more reason to feel threatened by progressive equality trends.

Of course, there are alternatives for psychological support. Instead of modeling one’s psychology on Archie Bunker or Ralph Kramden, one could take Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln or Pete Seeger as a model.

And maybe this is a way for progressives to reach out to insecure male—promote “masculine” images of progressive/liberal men. Maybe a new TV series or blockbuster movie about such guys?

Here’s the link to the Charles Blow article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/the-masculine-mistake.html?ref=charlesmblow.

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Time to get serious about supporting progressive candidates for the 2014 Congressional elections. I’ve been reading lots of pessimistic predictions (for example: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/us/politics/2014-elections-likely-to-keep-capitals-split.html), but there is time to turn things around.

For myself, I have to reinvigorate the website, Obamaandacongress.org. We have to use all of our media outlets to promote a more reasonable Congress for Obama—and the rest of us. And don’t forget more traditional campaigning—like knocking on doors.

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