Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer is co-founder and research director of Culture2 Inc., a culture design lab for social good. He is a former fellow of the Rockridge Institute, a think tank founded by George Lakoff to analyze political discourse for the progressive movement.

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Friday, July 27, 2012
How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths?
Did you know that roughly one person in a hundred is clinically a psychopath? These individuals are either born with an emotional deficiency that keeps them from feeling bad about hurting others or they are traumatized early in life in a manner that causes them to become this way. With more than 7 billion people on the planet that means there are as many as 70,000,000 psychopaths alive today.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
The REAL Reason Conservatives Always Win
Have you ever wondered why it is that Progressives repeatedly lose ground in American politics? We almost always have the facts on our side. The experts agree with us. Hell, a lot of us are the experts. And yet history clearly shows that Conservatives have the best political game in town. They dominate political discourse, establishing which frames shape the most important issues of the day.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Why Consumer Marketing Will Eventually End
A few weeks ago I suggested that neuromarketing may be the ultimate threat to democracy because people's unconscious brain processes can be manipulated to shape political outcomes. In the context of today's pressing challenges, this is terrible news. Now, more than ever, we need a functioning electorate that can collaborate effectively to address the foundational
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Let's Build the New Economy
We need to build a new economy , one that promotes widespread prosperity while protecting us against ecological disaster. The problem is that the current economy has been structured explicitly to extract wealth from the global commons and accumulate it in the coffers of an extremely powerful elite...
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Friday, May 15, 2009
The Progressive Tribe and Improving the World
The world is in need of some serious change. We all know this. And many people have taken the call personally and seriously. I encourage you to do the same. You can be an engine of creativity. You can be a catalyst for positive change in the world.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Building a Culture of Trust in Politics
Without trust, there can be no hope of real and lasting positive change in the world. Our challenges are too big to solve on our own. We must be able to work together and collaborate on an unprecedented scale to build a stable economy, restore health to our communities, and manage the tremendous global changes unfolding around us.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
How To Destroy the Government in Three Easy Steps
In eight short years, conservatives have effectively bankrupted many state governments and left the fed in shambles. And now citizens have to "make tough decisions" and share the suffering equally across the land (unless of course, you're part of that lucky 1% who co-opted the functions of government to serve their own ends... they'll be cozy with their offshore bank accounts, golden parachutes, and permanent tax holidays).
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Monday, February 16, 2009
Ending the Hidden Agenda Behind Tax Cuts
Something as simple as a metaphor can mean the difference between shared prosperity and widespread suffering. It's time to tell the truth about tax cuts. This phrase dominates political discourse and is coughed out every time a conservative public figure opens his mouth. It is treated like the basis of sound reasoning, yet no one points out what should be obvious - that "tax relief" and "tax cuts" are just code words for destroying the capacity of government to serve the public.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Calling Out the Conservative Lies on Stimulus
We are in the midst of a major ideological battle. If progressives win, we'll have more jobs, better schools, and the first real steps toward a sustainable economy in our history. Conservatives in Congress don't want this to happen. Why? Is it that they hate Americans and want us to suffer? Maybe not. But they definitely don't want Americans to experience a government that works. This would undermine decades of propaganda summed up in Reagan's famous line, "Government is the problem!"
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