‘We Look Back to Think Forward’: Why We Must Study History

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poDN2WGL5yc In a powerful Ted Talk, Jeremy Suri, a professor of¬†Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the lack of imagination in popular culture today compared to the 1930s, even though, back then, there were no electricity lines and no telephones lines in rural areas. He draws on … Continue reading ‘We Look Back to Think Forward’: Why We Must Study History

Generational Influences Often Determine Political and Religious Perspectives

Often missing from political and sociological analysis of the American people today are¬†generational influences. There are stark differences between how people born at different times perceive the world. I encourage everyone to think about the generational influences on their own political and religious perspectives. I clearly identify as a member of the Baby Boom generation. … Continue reading Generational Influences Often Determine Political and Religious Perspectives

Predicting Voting Behavior Based on Formative Historical Experiences

As a political science hobbyist, I have a theory on the political influences of generations, based on when they and their children came into political awareness: If parents were teens in the Eisenhower 1950s, and their children were teens in the Reagan 1980s, and they lived primarily in a geographical region that votes "red" (Republican), … Continue reading Predicting Voting Behavior Based on Formative Historical Experiences