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Two Parties, Two Sides/ Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 13, 2018

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In a post dated August 12, 2018, Professor Max H. Bazerman, of the Harvard Business School, discussed negotiation theory. What is it that many people in a negotiation forget to note? “Many people neglect to think about the other side’s point of view.” Think …”about the world from the other side’s perspective.” Each party believes […]

Duluth,MN/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2018

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On July 30, 2018, Gerald F. Seib wrote an article for the WSJ on how leaders of the Duluth community had decided to temper the nasty tone of some local political discussions. Nastiness often prevailed when political issues became hotly contested. The leaders developed a nine-point program called “Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project”. As […]

Fake News/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 26, 2018

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On July 25, 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board wrote about why “fake news” is real. It added the following: “This willingness to believe any old nonsense, if repeated often enough, is called the ‘illusory truth effect,’ wrote Lisa Fazio, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University who led a study three years ago into the […]

Civility 2.0/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 19, 2018

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On July 13, 2018, Paul Krugman of the NYT, wrote an op-ed on the president’s mistreatment of allies and coddling of venal dictators. He coined the phrase of “making bullying great again”. It merits a chuckle if nothing else. But how do you negotiate or discuss differences with those you disagree with? Is it possible […]

Banality of Goodness?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 30, 2018

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Hannah Arendt, A German-born philosopher of Jewish heritage, created the term “banality of evil” to describe Holocaust-era activities. It was her way of explaining how common-place activities (i.e. banal acts) could lead to monstrous results. In the July-August issue of Smithsonian magazine, Joshua Levine refer to common-place “goodness” and its designation as the “banality of […]

Addendum to Prior Post

June 24, 2018

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In a follow-up to the comments by President Trump that were dismissive of Rep. Sanford, divorced in the prior post, the Washington Post tried to elicit comments by colleagues of Rep. Sanford. This was the reaction of one politico who was present when the comments were made: ” ‘It was a couple days long enough […]

Sticks and Stones/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 24, 2018

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President Trump apparently contributed to the defeat of Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina by tweeting his desire to see Mr. Sanford go down in defeat in the Republican primary. That was not enough of an intervention for Mr. Trump. He then referred to Mr. Sanford in front of his colleagues as a “nasty guy”. […]