‘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 →


Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other'... Continue Reading →

Right-Wing Vs. Left-Wing Populism

Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast: "Right-populism has two targets: the elites and the scapegoats. In right-populism, the elites kind of include big banks and corporations....The scapegoats, of course, are the black and brown people who are taking the white people’s jobs, mooching off their hard-earned tax dollars and so on, and who are protected and... Continue Reading →

Dangers of Populism Or Too Much Democracy

James Madison wrote in Federalist 10: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government,... Continue Reading →

Teddy Roosevelt and the Legacy of ‘Class Warfare’

http://player.history.com/pservice/embed-player/?siteId=hist&tPid=21117169 When Teddy Roosevelt became president in 1901, he was far less powerful than J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and other robber barons. When TR dared to take them on - suing to block the Northern Securities merger, & standing up for justice for strikers instead of just siding with management, there was a huge outcry. But he... Continue Reading →

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