Summary: Slowly scientists' investigations produce insights about the psychological and social dynamics that create our dysfunctional politics. Here is a new study about one of drivers of political polarization, that which keeps us divided (despite our common interests), ignorant (despite the internet), and easily ruled. The specific subject is one of the central political issues … Continue reading A new study shows why we are polarized about climate change
Summary: Campaign 2016 has achieved what many thought impossible, unifying America's ruling class -- behind Hillary Clinton. If Clinton manages this skillfully, it will mark the end of political polarization among our elites and begin a new era of bipartisanship (while America's citizens remain weak and fragmented). The effects could be huge. She and the Democrats … Continue reading Campaign 2016: America passes into new hands
Summary: As Congress debates the TPP and USA Freedom Act, it's become fashionable to complain about political polarization and gridlock. Yet we see in these debates how both parties often cooperate to advance the interests of the 1% and the Deep State. Congress and our Presidents take a thousand steps, seemingly unrelated, adding up to … Continue reading Lessons from the TPP: no political polarization for interests of the 1%!
Summary: Our political pundits focus on the "election as horse race" to conceal the relatively small policy differences between the two parties, and so sooth a somnolent public who might become restive if they understood the nature of the New America being constructed on the ruins of the Second Republic. Here are some articles to … Continue reading The votes were counted and one wing of our one ruling party won. Rejoice!
Summary: How sad that we so underestimate our leaders, confusing their skillful political engineering with folly. Of course their successful manipulation of us allows them to laugh at our scorn. This is the next in a series; at the end are links to previous chapters. Many Americans rage at the dysfunctional polarization of our politics. How … Continue reading The good news: America’s politics are neither polarized nor dysfunctional. That’s also the bad news.