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‘Baked In’ Voter Perceptions – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Economics, Electoralism, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Power

When a pollster asked if someone would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate in favor of shipping jobs overseas—a typical way of auditioning what was then a promising line of attack against Bush—they would often hear from voters across the board that it made them “less likely.” But when the AFL […]

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He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Power, Quotes

‘When Rubashov capitulates,’ said Ivanov, ‘it won’t be out of cowardice, but by logic. It is no use trying the hard method with him. He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it.’

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The Left and ‘Special Knowledge’ – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Power, Progressive Politics, Socialism, UK Labour, United Kingdom

Tony Blair’s Foreword from: There is a slight tendency on the left to believe that the people are misguided when they reject us; a bit like the Gnostics of the early Christian Church, who thought the path to salvation was the attainment of a superior knowledge only to be grasped by a select few. We […]

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Teachers – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Art, Culture, Japan, Japanese, Literature, Power

A teacher or mentor whom one admires greatly in early adulthood will leave his mark, and indeed, long after one has come to re-evaluate, perhaps even reject, the bulk of that man’s teachings, certain traits will tend to survive, like some shadow of that influence, to remain with one throughout one’s life… ..the way I […]

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Location, Location, Location – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Architecture, Policy, Politics, Power, US Politics

When it comes to White House offices, it’s not the size that counts. Location, location, location. Proximity, like celebrity, is a source and sign of power. The closer you are to the president, the more people believe he listens to you. The more people believe he listens to you, the more information flows your way. […]

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