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Finding Meaning and Agency When Politics Fail You
While the news media, politicians, both political parties and conspiracy theory groups are destabilizing America, we often lose sight of how we contribute to the hysteria as individuals, albeit unwittingly. In the process, we lose our ability to find optimism, opportunities, and meaning. Fortunately, it is still possible to learn from history and to regain one’s agency, self- empowerment, and life purpose.
Revealing the Narrative
Addictive Ideologies, psychologist Dr. Emily Bashah along with Paul Johnson, entrepreneur and the former mayor of Phoenix, Arizona raise the caution. Their belief—that today’s world of runaway identity politics, nationalism, and cancel culture is setting the stage for a loss of individual agency and liberty—keenly shows why we can’t take democracy and civility for granted.
Dr. Bashah tells the harrowing story of the persecution of Jews in Iraq by Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party through her family’s own personal experiences. Building on Dr. Bashah’s powerful historical context, Paul Johnson uses his own mayoral experiences in order to chart a path for the future that can avoid similar atrocities. This book draws upon an understanding of societal divisions, clinical and social psychology, and the real power we have to promote constructive change.
By merging insights from two widely disparate worldviews, Dr. Bashah and Paul Johnson show beyond a doubt that genocide isn’t the result of just a few bad men, and tyranny isn’t only caused by one charismatic leader. Both require hundreds of thousands of people to turn a blind eye, and it’s our responsibility as Americans to stay vigilant so that we can protect our families and loved ones against the myriad dangers of addictive ideology.
About the Authors
HON. PAUL JOHNSON
Hon. Paul E. Johnson Jr., the youngest mayor of Phoenix, Arizona at 30 years old, is the visionary CEO and co-founder of Redirect Health. As the dynamic host of The Optimistic American podcast, he showcases a positive and hopeful view of America, inspiring listeners with uplifting stories and fostering unity and optimism for the future. With a remarkable background in business, politics, and government, he has successfully managed state campaigns for presidential candidates.
DR. EMILY BASHAH
Dr. Emily Bashah is an accomplished author and licensed psychologist with a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a remarkable background as an expert witness in criminal, immigration, and civil courts, she has worked on high-profile cases related to domestic terrorism, capital offenses, and first-degree murder. Dr. Bashah's expertise extends to mental illness, trauma, addiction, grief, loss, family dynamics, and relationships, making her a sought-after professional in her field.