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Lessons from Mapping the American Left

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This is a hugely interesting paper that neatly lays out the contours of the modern left moment in America. From a leftist political perspective, the entire paper is worth reading. However, in the initial sections of it, there were two things that were particularly interesting to me professionally: An insight into how elements of the Occupy movement was co-opted by the liberal mainstream. How...

Ideology and campaigns

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The idiosyncratic (and always thought-provoking) musings of Zizek aside, ideology has a hugely important but often misunderstood role in the current era of campaigns. It is also one of the four primary criteria in the disruption model of politics. It is crucial to draw a distinction between ideology and policies in this context. Quoting from a previous post: ideology refers to a broad set of...

The Political Disruption Model v1

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I’ve been working on a model of political disruption that covers challenges to mainstream parties and politics. This includes situations where the ultimate goal was achieved, as in the case of the Trump campaign or ones that have significantly shifted the political landscape, such as Corbyn with the Labour Party in the UK and Bernie Sanders ongoing efforts with the Democratic Party. These...

Cynthia Nixon & political party disruption

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I should preface my comments on the New York Governor Democrat primary campaign by acknowledging that the latest polling has Cuomo ahead of Nixon.  However, there is a momentum shift toward her. The Nixon campaign bears the traits that I have previously identified as important in successful insurgent political campaigns. While I’m still working on a cohesive synthesis of these factors, I...

So Fresh, So Clean

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New political parties and alliances are something that we’ve become accustomed to in Sri Lanka, with examples in the last few years ranging from the risible to the far more serious matter of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna which dominated the recent local government elections. Naturally, this article about an attempt to form a new party in the UK piqued my interest. Of course, given my...

#GE2017 – Demographics, policy and messaging

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Some recent tweets: There is an interesting  and ongoing battle between the Conservative’s rigid messaging on Corbyn and Brexit and wider issues on policies. 2. In light of this pic.twitter.com/4hN8pibVnz — Rajit Hewagama (@rajit_h) May 16, 2017 The message may (pun intended) be getting through but what do voters value? 2 sides of this chart stand in stark contrast. #GE2017 will be a real...

UK General Election – analysis of content #GE2017

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I’ll be posting about this on an ongoing basis, but a few observations to date:  You’re a flip-flopper! No, you are!! As I pointed out in a tweet, the Lib Dems and Tories are using very similar graphics to draw attention to flip-flops by each other’s party leader. While this style of an image can be a useful tool, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the onset of a degree of...

Fake News & Imagined Realities

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Having been away for a week, a fortuitous selection of holiday reading lead me to some insights on the fake news phenomenon and its impact on the recent US election.  Let me list these out, before exploring them in more detail: A unique quality of humans is our ability to create imagined realities. Many things that are fundamental to society are fictional constructs. Therefore humans were always...

Trump vs. everyone

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Originally written for socialmedia.lk A great example of how social media has changed politics is taking place in America with the battle over how Obama’s healthcare policies are to be changed under the new administration. President-elect Donald Trump is setting the stage for a potential clash with his fellow Republicans when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act...

Voters & Prospect Theory: Trump Lessons Part 3

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This concept from Behavioral Economics is important in understanding why Trump won. Simply put, prospect theory posits that individuals are risk averse when facing favourable prospects but are more accepting of risks when faced with losses. In the case of the US elections, a significant number of voters had negative feelings about their current situation and their long-term prospects. They also...

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