By dint of that air of moral supremacy carried by the members of a majority in a nation that gives over ultimate power to the…View More Division Within Congress Is Necessary
The quest for an efficacious politics is a coming-of-age tale of sorts. There is an inevitable moment of reckoning in the life of each and…View More American Party Culture, Part 5: The Pressure to Conform
Contemporary politics is less a formal party system, organized around substantively different sets of beliefs, and more an emergent schism between doomsday prophets who can…View More The Politics of Doom: Rhetorical Bluster or Electorally Transformative?
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A party which does not stand on substance, which does not appeal to voters on the merits of ideals but instead panders to vaguely defined…View More American Party Culture, Part 3: Purging Substance
Discrimination is an operative force in politics; a functioning government must calculate what courses of action are likely to benefit the citizenry and the nation…View More America’s Party Culture, Part 2: Destructive Behavior
An efficacious politics requires some degree of exclusivity, even in a democratic society. A functional government is built on choice; politicians must sort through vast…View More America’s Party Culture, Part 1: An Exclusive Club