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The ambiguous “we” of modern American politics

From the beginning, Monday night’s presidential debate was a cavalcade of collectivist rhetoric, with both candidates frequently invoking an ambiguous “we” as justification for their plans and policy positions. Leaving aside the troubling implications such attitudes towards expansive central control have for a society supposedly founded on the idea of power flowing upwards from the…

How Reaganism killed the right and led to the rise of Trump

One of the basic premises of 21st century American society is that polarization, particularly along politically partisan lines, has risen dramatically. That the right, in particular, has become increasingly hard line and intransigent is a common charge for the left. The assertion that “Reagan wouldn’t recognize his own party” is crowed by both GOP moderates…

Elections are not about partisan unity

Elections are not about unity. They are about competing ideas of right and wrong vying for resonance with the populace. They are about individuals exerting their conscience and branding their interests on the way government functions. They are about local actors reminding the federal government that power flows from the bottom up under the American…

The myth of society: justice and the repudiation of self-interest

Author’s note: This post is the second in a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. The first part, which examines the foundation of society in the body politic, can be read here. Eight hundred years ago, when political capitulations were wrung from England’s King John in 1215 by a…

Populism does not explain 2016’s electoral turmoil

Public discourse has been nationalized. The omniscience given to the federal behemoth by putting every issue within its purview has resulted in dialogue governed by factionalism which pits glossed, venal opinions against each other and considers them only from a superficial view imposed on society from above. One consequence of this behavior is an emphasis…

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