Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Our Political Disorder

I meant to post much earlier this fascinating Atlantic article, which provides a different kind of perspective! The author argues that the political realities that candidates rail about---career politicians, party bosses, party insiders---actually have had the power to motivate politicians to work together, maintain political order, and get things done. As those realities have been eroded, we have phenomenon like single-issue politicians, leaders (e.g. congressmen) less responsive to mainstream interests, and the kind of political disorder that has given us Trump (whose lack of experience is a positive for supporters), government shut-downs, and a difficulty in achieving bipartisan efforts.

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