Category Archives: ON THE STATE OF POLITICAL RAGE

How (Political) Rage Makes Perfect Sense–At Least per Alinsky and Screwtape

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Anybody over, say, forty, remembers days in the U.S. when political parties may have railed at each other a bunch during the days prior to election day, but afterward, most people agreed to disagree and life carried … Continue reading

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On “Precision Teaching” (1969) and “Meme Control” (2018): The Better to Manipulate You With

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Precision Teaching  Back in 1969-70 I was assigned a student work-study position through the University of Oregon at Pearl Buck Center, a local facility serving physically and mentally challenged individuals. This was before “mainstreaming;”

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On the Citizenship Students’ Question and Solzhenitsyn’s “Warning To The West”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Question During the early 2000s I taught Citizenship classes to people going through the lengthy, multi-part process of becoming Naturalized United States citizens. Lessons included basic U.S. history, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens, information … Continue reading

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Dealing With (Political and Other) Narcissists With Insights from David Johnston’s “Second Mile Principle”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In some of my recent posts I have been offering my perspective on the state of “lethal rage,” you might put it, that I have observed in the behaviors and vitriol from some the extremist ends of … Continue reading

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Words of Prophecy for 2018, Part 3: On Spiritual Warfare, Sun-tzu, and Resisting the “Race to the Bottom of the Brain”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction to this series from Part 1: “Bringing Prodigals Home” Part 2: “Focus, Fill, and Fight” SPIRITUAL WARFARE There has been a lot of good information and commentary  over time on the specific nature of the (spiritual) “weapons … Continue reading

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An Open Mind Does Not Mean God Drops Through, and The Professors’ View on the Current State of Freedom of Speech

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The very recent discussion, below, featuring four (classic) liberal college professors and authors is the kind of open-minded discussion of issues that excites me.

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When Words Become Crimes: A Novel Idea on the Hidden Danger of PC-Speak

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila A NOVEL FOR THEN, NOW, AND ALWAYS Then A literary gem that stays on my top shelf of go-to’s for both inspiration and insight–as well as grins–is a delightful little novel by Mark Dunn called Ella Minnow … Continue reading

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