‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Conservative voters feel assaulted by "moral Bolshevism," a belief that the liberal vision is the only right one. https://t.co/XUFaRSE12k SABRINA TAVERNISE in the NYT asks if liberals are helping Trump by expressing such intolerance for conservative beliefs, and pushing people who aren't comfortable with many of Trump's actions into his camp. She reports on interviews with … Continue reading Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes

I have asked some of my conservative friends who rail frequently against "liberals" to define what a liberal is. They have trouble doing so, aside from a silly "good/bad" dichotomy, or to repeat memes such as "liberalism is a mental disorder" -- certainly not something that could ever be used in a classroom to try … Continue reading Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes

American Liberals Out of Touch With Working Class Voters

"Fully two-thirds of white voters without college degrees voted for Donald Trump, as did over 80 percent of white evangelicals." -- Source. The decline of the American labor movement is one of the factors that has led liberals to lose touch with working class voters who have only a high school education, and to look … Continue reading American Liberals Out of Touch With Working Class Voters

I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

My conservative friends in America who rant against "liberalism" around the world do not seem well-informed. They don't seem to realize how isolated or narrow American conservatism appears to conservatives in, say, Britain. American conservatism tends to exalt individual autonomy over responsibility for others, complaining bitterly of the tax burden on those making more than … Continue reading I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

Tracking Policy Reversals by Conservatives and Liberals

What I can't stand about current political coverage is that it lacks perspective. Hysterical reactions to the 24-hour news cycle and sound bites, self-serving statements applied without principle or consistency, too little actual listening to people we disagree with, obsessive attention to inaccurate polls that put too much emphasis on elections as horse races are what … Continue reading Tracking Policy Reversals by Conservatives and Liberals

Were Obama’s Routs By the Tea Party in 2010 and 2014 Inevitable?

When I left the US in 2009 to teach overseas, the Obama grassroots movement was basking in the pride of 2008 success, even winning my home state of North Carolina. It was shocking that this "movement" fell apart, didn't turn out for the midterms in 2010, or in 2014. I didn't know who or what … Continue reading Were Obama’s Routs By the Tea Party in 2010 and 2014 Inevitable?