Category: Politicks

The Self-Destruction of Paul Ryan and the G.O.P.

04/13/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
Mr. Ryan’s ideas have always resonated with the corporate Republican donor class. But they are indifferent, at best, to the challenges faced by the mass of ordinary Republican voters. For decades, American innovation and growth has been largely concentr… more »

Scorched Earth Politics

10/04/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
For nearly fifty years, middle-class white college ideologues have latched onto this candidate or that, firmly believing that their political awakening has miraculously coincided with discoveries of Great Truths that escape the Brainwashed Morons that m… more »

The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party

08/07/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
Most members of the Democratic Party establishment are pragmatists who made it where they are by working within the system that exists, not the one they wish existed. They often have frustration bordering on contempt for those who lack their hardheaded… more »

The retreat of western liberalism

07/24/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
The strongest glue holding liberal democracies together, Luce argues, is economic growth, and when that growth stalls or falls, things tend to take a dark turn. With growing competition for jobs and resources, losers (those he calls the “left-behinds”)… more »

Voltaire v. Rousseau

05/02/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General, Politicks
The back-and-forth of cold Utopianism and hot Volk-worship continues to this day. The Davos men are Voltaire’s children, a transnational and fatuously progressive élite; Trump and Brexit voters are Rousseau’s new peasant hordes, terrified of losing cult… more »

Moral Foundations Theory

11/24/15 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
Interesting article on differences between Conservative and Liberal thought process.  Calls into question Jonathan Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory.… more »


09/29/15 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks   ST. PETERSBURG — Liberal democracy faces a new and decisive challenge — figuring out how to deal with the “post-Communist oligarchies” of Russia and China. These regimes — authoritar… more »

Democracy: you got some 'splainin' to do!

09/18/15 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks With the collapse of Communism, “what we may be witnessing,” Mr. Fukuyama wrote hopefully in 1989, “is the end point of mankind’s ideological evolutio… more »

Dogmatism tends to be a conservative value

09/03/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks   In the study, Liu and Ditto report, conservatives tilted their views of the facts to favor the… more »

America's aversion to taxes.

08/16/12 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks
This is one of those articles that allows you to step back and ask what's going on with the American political system, and why.… more »

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