‘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

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 Anger and Mourning on the American Right

How Not to Respond to a Populist President

Wise advice to Trump opponents from an opponent of Chavez in Venezuela. Don't demonize his voters. See them as real human beings and listen. "In Venezuela, we couldn't stop Hugo Chavez for two decades. Don't make the same mistakes we did." https://t.co/YdYGC6ygzA — jimbuie (@jimbuie) January 29, 2017 Andrés Miguel Rondón, an economist, writes: "The … Continue reading How Not to Respond to a Populist President

Doubts About Political Science and Democracy in US

I minored in Political Science at university, but I'm confused. I'm no longer sure the principles I learned in poli sci apply to America in 2016. Sam Sanders at NPR reports on this phenomenon: "Many political scientists have had to admit that some basic rules of American politics they used to hold dear have been … Continue reading Doubts About Political Science and Democracy in US

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 Dangers of Populism Or Too Much Democracy

Echoes of William Jennings Bryan in Rhetoric of Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz

In the populist rhetoric of Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are echoes of the rhetoric of William Jennings Bryan, one of the leaders of the progressive movement at the turn of the 20th century. Angry populism has split between left and right since Bryan's time, which may explain why it is not … Continue reading Echoes of William Jennings Bryan in Rhetoric of Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz