Issue #69: Apr 6–13, 2019

In this week’s MRN we: (1) explore the Murdoch media empire’s powerful role in demonizing Rep. Ilhan Omar; (2) lament some things said by America’s only mindfulness-championing presidential candidate; (3) summarize a week that was rich in high-profile exits and non-exits; (4) offer background reading on things ranging from the religious left to a new activism among Amazon employees to Brexit questions you were embarrassed to ask to “the Light Triad of personality” (which is much better than the Dark Triad) to a part of the world where men and women seem to literally speak different languages. [Note: No newsletter next week, for Easter/Passover-related reasons, as discussed below.]

–Robert Wright

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Issue #68: Mar 31–Apr 6, 2019

In this week’s MRN we (1) note with approval the entry of a mindfulness meditation advocate into the Democratic presidential race; (2) explain how you can use a smartphone to fight smartphone addiction; (3) summarize a week that features an unusual amount of Capitol Hill vs. White House tension and the usual amount of White House vs. the World tension; (4) offer links to readings on things ranging from the declining objectivity of American media to a possible way to civilize street gangs to the possibility that matter is an illusion.

–Robert Wright

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A Note on the Mueller Report: March 30, 2019

Hi. This isn’t an issue of the Mindful Resistance Newsletter. As I explained last week, the hardworking MRN staff is taking this week off. But since the completion of the Mueller report is such a big punctuation mark in this long ordeal of a presidency, I figured I should say at least something about it. (I mentioned the report in last weeks’ MRN, but news of the report’s completion broke too late for me to say very much, and in any event the Barr letter hadn’t come out when the newsletter went to press.)

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Issue #67: March 17–23, 2019

In this week’s MRN we (1) summarize a week that included the completion, at last, of Robert Mueller’s investigation; (2) list some reasons that expectations about the Mueller report should have all along been lower than they’ve been; (3) offer some thoughts about when outrage is and isn’t productive; (4) offer links to background readings on things ranging from Beto O’Rourke to the abolition of the electoral college to the apparent destruction of 50 million songs on MySpace. [Note: There’s a chance that we’ll skip next week’s issue; details below in Notes from Bob.] 

–Robert Wright

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Issue #66: March 10–16, 2019

In this week’s MRN we (1) summarize a week that included unusual Republican defiance of Trump and a horrific terrorist attack against Muslims in New Zealand; (2) scan the white nationalist manifesto posted by the terrorist in search of clues about how to defeat his cause; (3) offer links to background reading on things ranging from Beto O’Rourke’s undergraduate years to CIA-sponsored psychology research to the new Captain Marvel movie; (4) in our News You Can Use section, offer guidance on how to listen to views you hate with some measure of equanimity.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #65: March 3–9, 2019

In this week’s MRN we: (1) dissect the Ilhan Omar controversy and offer tips for talking about Israel-related matters; (2) assess MRN’s progress toward total world domination; (3) concisely summarize a medium-intensity and medium-weirdness week; (4) offer background links on subjects ranging from climate-change couch potatoes to white-collar robots to Buddhist nationalism to Trump-Fox symbiosis; plus a map (a literal map) of America’s ideological intolerance.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #64: Feb 24–Mar 2, 2019

In this week’s MRN we (1) capture in fewer than 200 words just about everything you need to know about Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony; (2) tersely outline a whole bigthink progressive foreign policy; (3) see an MRN reader use real-life experience to highlight the pros and cons of social media; (4) brag about the brisk growth of an MRN discussion group that resides inside a meditation app; (5) offer background links on subjects ranging from “workism” to smartphone detox to CRISPR critters to a Ugandan social media tax aimed at reducing gossip.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #63: Feb 17–23, 2019

In this week’s MRN we: (1) Ask what Jesus would say about the Jussie Smollett case and related not-what-they-at-first-seem-to-be phenomena; (2) summarize a week that included yet another unsettling revelation about Facebook and yet another Democratic presidential candidate; (3) steer you toward background material ranging from an interactive map of hate groups to a revolt by some peacenik Microsoft workers; (4) steer you toward a meditation app that now features an MRN messaging group!

–Robert Wright

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Issue #62: Feb 10–16, 2019

In this week’s MRN, we (1) examine the Trump administration’s use of suffering as a policy tool; (2) ask whether we should welcome our new robot overlords; (3) try to get you to eagerly await the publication of our guide to using social media mindfully; (4) declare this issue’s summary of the week’s news an emergency summary of the week’s news; (5) offer background links on things ranging from the famously nefarious Elliot Abrams to the “slow internet” lifestyle to the death (on Mars) of Opportunity.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #61: Feb 3–9, 2019

In this week’s newsletter we: (1) watch presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard get pilloried for thinking clinically about foreign policy; (2) explore a cognitive bias that discourages such thinking; (3) search for inoffensive synonyms for “tribalism”; (4) announce an MRN hiring initiative; (5) steer you to background reading on things ranging from the Green New Deal to a visit with Davos plutocrats; (6) offer our usual summary of the week’s news—including a summary of the Jeff Bezos story that doesn’t involve a single body-part-related pun!

–Robert Wright

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