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Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear,winner of the 2005 Nautilus Award for the best book on social change. See www.paulloeb.org

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       Thursday, August 4, 2016
Trust In A Context Of Mistrust: Getting Young Voters To Vote Young people have an inherent trust in peers who share their sense of the issues and stakes, even if they don't always agree. They trust honest human responses that they don't view as paid for. The more young voters talk with each other, the more likely they are to participate, even if they dislike their choices.
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       Thursday, August 6, 2015
Youth Vote at Record Low -- Here's How to Reverse the Trend The numbers are dismaying. According to a new US Census report, only 20% of eligible 18-29-year-olds voted in 2014. It was the lowest turnout in 40 years, below even 2010's doleful 24%.

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       Sunday, June 21, 2015
Why the TPP is Worse than Mystery Meat Do we trust that the corporations that negotiated these rules have our interests at heart? Whether or not the country-of-origin labeling on meat survives or is ended by the House bill and WTO ruling, TPP plays for far larger stakes, the ground rules that affect our very potential to take common action. The meat bill is one more warning that there are some rules and agreements where we should be careful to eagerly swallow.

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       Saturday, September 29, 2012
"My Vote Doesn't Matter": Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism You've heard it again and again. "My vote doesn't matter," students too often say. Others complain that politicians are "all the same and all corrupt." How do we overcome this cynical resignation and encourage students to register and vote despite their conviction that the game is fundamentally rigged?

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       Monday, December 26, 2011
If You Care About Keystone and Climate Change, Occupy Exxon If we want Obama to make the right decision and deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, maybe it's time to Occupy Exxon, with creative protests at local Exxon/Mobil stations.

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       Thursday, December 8, 2011
Burying Your Victories: What if Obama Taxed the Rich But Never Told Anyone? I didn't know that Obama's health care bill contained a $20 billion a year tax on the richest Americans. Did you? Wondering why he hasn't highlighted this success story.

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       Friday, July 22, 2011
Praising the Hostage Takers: Will Obama Ever Hold the Republicans Accountable? We all need to compromise at some points. That's democracy.The bitter purism of those who stayed home in '10 helped land us in our mess,& if we stay home in 2012 or let others stay home who our volunteer efforts could have otherwise turned out,we'll end up making matters still worse.But endless compromises in the service of regressive policies move us further from the critical changes that we need if we're to create an America

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       Monday, June 6, 2011
Glued to the Weather Channel While the World Burns Media coverage rarely connects the unfolding cataclysms with the global climate change that fuels them. As a result, too many Americans still don't know what to believe. The antidote to denial and the forces that promote it is courage, working with our allies and taking action.

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       Thursday, April 28, 2011
Three Cups of a Flawed Hero: The Limits of Greg Mortenson's Model of Change It's tempting to expect perfection from those we admire, but we romanticize lone heroes at our peril. A story of unimaginable individual heroism and sacrifice that drew people in could also leave them feeling insignificant in comparison. I believed that Mortenson's books had their limits as models for how ordinary people can create social change.

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       Thursday, March 3, 2011
Go to Wisconsin, President Obama It's time to stand with those who are speaking out in a way that can make the choices clear to the distracted and overloaded Americans watching from the sidelines. That doesn't mean you'll own the protests or should. Participants have led with their courage, and you need to make clear that you're not telling them what to do or hijacking their moment, but standing in solidarity and encouraging all Americans to speak out and

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       Monday, November 29, 2010
Seeking Republican Patriots: How Reining in Anonymous Attack Ads Can Help Save Our Democracy To prevent the deluge of anonymous political ads we've just witnessed, the Democrats crafted the DISCLOSE Act. If the Democrats make it a priority in the remaining Senate term, they have a chance of achieving its goals.

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       Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ten Reasons Why I'm Spending This Election Day On the Phones I admit it. 2008 was a whole lot more fun. Even so, I'm going to spend my entire day on the phones today, from when the polls open in Pennsylvania and Illinois to when they close in Washington and Alaska. I hope you'll join me with whatever time you have.

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       Monday, November 1, 2010
The Party of Non-Voters--Why Our Election Day Volunteering Matters More Than Ever The Pew Research Center just released a poll contrasting those who intend to vote this round with those likely to stay home. Among all adults, the Democrats or those who leaned Democrat had a 50 to 39 margin. But among those likely to head to the polls, Republicans were up four points. The difference was among non-voters, where the Democrats led by a staggering 24 points, except that these people were likely to stay home.

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       Friday, October 29, 2010
The Republican War on Reality Beyond political differences with Obama and the Democrats, Republicans been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign's final days.

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       Friday, October 29, 2010
The Republican War on Reality If there's an antidote,it's citizen participation.If enough of us knock on doors,make phone calls,talk to coworkers and neighbors,& otherwise reach out beyond the core converted(or at least get sympathetic voters to the polls), there's a chance that the Everett Dirksens of the Repubs will regain the upper hand.If we're silent,we allow reality itself to become hostage to delusion and country and planet will all pay the price.
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       Saturday, October 23, 2010
Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election Also if you happen to know anyone who works on a campus (or if you're on a campus yourself), here's an article that I sent to my educators lists on 45 ways to still get students involved in the election. People have found it very useful, so please do forward it if you're in a position to do so.
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       Friday, October 15, 2010
'Will They Get What They're Paying For?' -- the Best Election Flier I've Seen As campaigns and volunteers hone their final electoral messages, the best flier I've seen asks a simple question -- "Will They Get What They're Paying For?

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       Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Stop the Anonymous Hit Men: Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue I've found a way to break through people's cynicism. When I talked about the takeover of our politics by destructive corporate interests, culminating in the barrage of anonymous attack ads unleashed by the Supreme Court's ghastly Citizens United decision, they quickly became willing to listen.

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       Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Don't Let the Russ Feingolds Go Down For the Sins of the Blanche Lincolns One-time Obama supporters often lament: "The Democrats have sold us out. I'm tired of their spinelessness. I'm staying home to teach them a lesson." Not everyone responds this way, but enough do to worry me: If these people don't show up and work to get others to vote, it could make the difference. Better to get past our broken hearts and work to elect the best candidates we can. The alternative...

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       Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All "OK, so your heart's broken," as the old song goes. So's mine. But we have to get over it--now--and start taking action for the November election.

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