Roy Eidelson

Roy Eidelson

Roy Eidelson is the former executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, and a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. His latest book is, "Political Mind Games: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What’s Happening, What’s Right, and What’s Possible" (2018).

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Is this what the Democratic Party's "win-win" machine looks like? "With hundreds of moving parts," writes Eidelson, "it's surprising that the elaborate contraption has only one purpose: to take bold and popular policy proposals that could improve millions of lives, chew them up, and then spit out much feebler versions that don't materially threaten the status quo." (Photo: Christine Gwinn / EyeEm) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
With the Win-Win Machine, Most of Us Actually Lose
Somewhere, deep in the bowels of our nation's capital, today's Democratic Party establishment keeps close guard over a hulking, fearsome, and often temperamental machine. With hundreds of moving parts, it's surprising that the elaborate contraption has only one purpose: to take bold and popular...
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A migrant carrying a toddler stands in front of the border wall that divides Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, with Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico on March 14, 2020. - April 22, 2020 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the World Earth Day. (Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Asylum, Now an American Horror Story
It’s hard to know exactly where the Trump Administration found the inspiration for its newest set of draconian asylum rules. Might it have been a National Geographic special where a giant anaconda encircles its prey, squeezes it to death, and then swallows it whole? Or perhaps a late-night, B-grade...
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"Unlike their predecessors on the mat," writes Eidelson, "today's Legion of Doom don't rely on brute strength and frightening visages to subdue opponents. Rather, their seeming stranglehold on our politics comes from the bottomless wealth of the self-serving 1% and from the use of manipulative narratives." (Image: Wrestlefest/Screengrab) Views
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Beware the Bipartisan Legion of Doom: Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP
In professional wrestling circles, the "Legion of Doom" is a name that conjures up the fearsome physiques and painted faces of one of the great tag teams of all tim e. In the political arena today, the same moniker aptly describes an even more daunting and dangerous duo: the profits-over-people...
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I’d describe how Bernie has a powerful movement behind him, built over years, with millions of small donors. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Bernie, Biden, and My Father
My father was a generous and forgiving man, devoted to his family. Although we didn’t always agree, he taught me a lot about many things, and I always admired his decency, his integrity, and his resilience. In 2014, at the age of 85, he passed away after several years of deteriorating health. If my...
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The high-level machinations that produced the Iraq War are far from unique. (Photo: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) Views
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Stoking Fear: We Must Remember How the Iraq War Was Sold
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. — Nazi propagandist...
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens
“Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy.” — Noam Chomsky, 1989 (Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies) My copy of Homer...
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
A Tale of Two Caravans: What Trump Is Really Afraid of Is a Mass of Voters
It makes sense that Donald Trump is worried about an approaching caravan. But it’s not the one you’re probably thinking of: the few thousand desperate Central Americans who’ve banded together and are slowly making their way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. These migrants have broken no laws...
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Sunday, June 17, 2018
The 1% Could Use Their Influence to Challenge Racism and Bigotry. Too Often, They Don't
“They’re Different From Us.” It’s a favorite mind game of the self-serving 1% when they want to stifle broad opposition to their agenda. By manipulating our understanding of what’s happening, what’s right, and what’s possible, this psychological appeal takes advantage of prejudice to promote...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The DCCC’s Mind Games and the Ballad of Roy Moore
It’s bad enough that the business-friendly Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and other establishment Democrats are aggressively tipping the scales in favor of their hand-picked “moderate” candidates in primary contests around the country. It’s even worse that they’ve now taken to...
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Monday, February 27, 2017
The Predatory Presidency
The season premiere of BBC America’s Planet Earth II includes remarkable footage from the desolate Galapagos Islands. In one striking scene, baby marine iguanas race across the sand, desperately trying to elude dozens of snakes eager for their next meal. Although such stark life-or-death struggles...
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