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Joe Brewer Interviewed on Jeff Farias Show

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on the Jeff Farias show and would like to share it with you. We talked about the political mind, how people feel about manipulation in politics and consumer culture, and what we can do to transform the political world. The entire show is three hours long and my […]

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Psychology and Politics: How They Are Connected

The primary mission of Cognitive Policy Works is to put the knowledge and techniques of the behavioral and social sciences into the hands of progressive activists. Clinical psychology in particular has an important role to play in enhancing the tools available to those who are interested in creating positive social change.

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How to Destroy the Government in Three Easy Steps

I was inspired to write this after scanning the current debate in California about “budget cuts.” Hope my stab at humor brings you some light. – Joe 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 […]

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A Politics that Works in the 21st Century

Changing our politics will involve significant shifts in political – and interpersonal – culture. This may seem like a truism, yet it is common practice among progressive “political junkies” to place nearly all their attention on electoral campaigns and legislative battles. The assumption seems to be that if only we get more of our people […]

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Reaching Out to Conservative Christians: A Time for Healing Old Wounds

Obama’s recent reversal of the Bush Administration’s ban on stem cell research offers progressives an opportunity to reflect upon our relationship to religion. We can take this moment to consider how our views of religion differ from those of many conservatives – and how we might start the healing process with these fellow Americans while […]

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On the Road to Change: The Psychology of Progress

The morning after last November’s historic election, triumphant chants of “Yes We Did” drowned out the Obama campaign message of “Yes We Can.” Now only four months later enthusiasm has waned, and last Friday the President felt the need to reassure reporters on Air Force One, “I don’t think that people should be fearful about […]

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The Meaning of Cynicism

In the wake of my recent post in the progressive blogosphere, I find myself thinking a lot about cynicism. The article, “Now What? A Cautionary Note, and an Invitation, to Progressives”, appeared on, outlining the inevitability of letdown after victory, and the need to shift the progressive group identity from underdog to agent of […]

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Courage Campaign Validates Our Approach to Prop 8

Early last November (shortly after last year’s election), the staff of Cognitive Policy Works published our strategic initiative on prop 8. Our motivation was to help the progressive movement by offering a timely and practical demonstration of the value our perspective offers. It is with great pleasure that I can now say that we were […]

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