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The More Republicans Know About Politics, the More They Believe Conspiracy Theories | Mother Jones
"But whatever the ultimate cause, the idea that everybody is equally biased, but in different directions, continues to have a key weakness—namely, the data."
politics  partisanship  perception  bias  conspiracy  democrats  republicans  bipartisanship 
january 2013 by tsuomela
The Danger of Making Science Political - Puneet Opal - The Atlantic
I'm torn between the appeal of this and its astounding ignorance. "In other words, threats to scientific thinking can come from any quarter. What must be preserved is the pursuit of science away from irrational dogma. In that sense scientists should be completely nonpartisan. After all, the universe is what it is. The hurricanes, the flu epidemics, indeed all of reality does not really care about our political affiliations, but we distance ourselves from scientific thinking at our own peril."
science  science-wars  politicizing  republican  democrats  bipartisanship  rationality  public-understanding 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Lincoln Against the Radicals | Jacobin
"Lincoln is not a movie about Reconstruction, of course; it’s a movie about old white men in beards and wigs heroically working together to save grateful black people. And that’s exactly the point: this is not a movie about the long process of reuniting the country or black freedom."
movie  politics  19c  civil-war  slavery  american-studies  bipartisanship  moderation  radical 
december 2012 by tsuomela
The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action | Grist
My theory is that centrism is a powerful psychological and social temptation, even in the absence of d-bag pundits pushing No Labels. Like I’ve often said, I think of centrism not so much as an ideology — how could it be ideology when it’s defined in relation to two moving targets? — as a temperament, a cultural identity.
politics  partisanship  polarization  bipartisanship  centrism  ideology  republicans  democrats  division  conflict 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The ridiculous third party rallying cry - David Sirota - Salon.com
"You don't need look far to see that consensus in action -- just check out the current debt ceiling brouhaha. Paraded around by carnival barkers as supposed proof of unprecedented division and rancor, the moment's manufactured crisis in Washington actually exemplifies all the hallmarks of transpartisan consensus, as the Democratic president and the Republican congressional leadership essentially agree that Social Security and Medicare should be slashed, corporate taxes should be cut, taxes on the wealthy shouldn't be significantly raised and defense spending should face only minimal reductions. The only real "debate" is about the specific numbers -- not about whether such an extreme set of priorities is the proper way to balance a budget."
politics  consensus  agreement  partisanship  bipartisanship  deficit  debt  ideology 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The new political group No Labels shows why labels exist. - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
"Everything you need to know about the new political group No Labels is contained in its slogan: "Not Left. Not Right. Forward." It's smug. It sounds like an Obama campaign catchphrase. And it ignores the whole reason politics exists, which is that not everyone agrees on what "Forward" is. "
politics  bipartisanship  cliche  conflict  agreement 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Why Are the Technocrats of the Center Missing in Action? - Grasping Reality with Both Hands
But how do you expect the government to make tough decisions if you, a semi-retired technocrat with no public office at all, can’t even bring yourself to name them? It’s all well and good to talk about fiscal prudence in the abstract: the difficult thing is enacting it in reality. And you’re not being remotely constructive on that front.
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And it is not just Rubin: all the bipartisan technocrats of the center appear to be wringing their hands and calling for a plan without saying what it should be.

Here is what Rubin should have said.

Here is the platform for the bipartisan technocrats of the center:
economics  technocrat  bipartisanship  public 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Why Washington Is Tied Up in Knots
Discontent with government is at its highest level in more than a decade -- making it harder to solve the country's biggest problems
government  politics  partisanship  trust  bipartisanship  federal  history 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: The Bipartisan Illusion
Graphs change in bipartisan overlap in Senate between 1960s and 2000s
bipartisanship  politics  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
What "bipartisanship" in Washington means - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
But more importantly, "bipartisanship" is already rampant in Washington, not rare. And, in almost every significant case, what "bipartisanship" means in Washington is that enough Democrats join with all of the Republicans to endorse and enact into law Republican policies, with which most Democratic voters disagree. That's how so-called "bipartisanship" manifests in almost every case.
partisanship  bipartisanship  politics  democrats  republicans  media  mainstream  journalism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Misgovernment By The Fallacy of Equivocation
The fallacy of equivocation has a number of different forms, all of which involve confusing two different meanings. One of the forms is known as "switch-referencing," in which the same term is used twice, but with a different reference each time, and then a third time a conclusion is reached by falsely equating the two different meanings. This can be used, for example, to prove that a ham sandwich is better than eternal salvation:

(1) Nothing is better than eternal salvation.
(2) A ham sandwich is better than nothing.
(3) Therefore, a ham sandwich is better than eternal salvation.

Something quite similar, but not the least bit amusing, is at least partly at the root of Obama's increasingly evident problem of mis-government. The term being switch-referenced in this case is "bipartisanship."
politics  partisanship  bipartisanship  language  fallacy  equivalence  mistakes  reference 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Obama's Fake Bipartisanship - The Daily Beast
He is not interested in moral victories or noble defeats. He wants to win. What he’s figured out, however, is that—particularly after two full decades of Bush/Clinton/Bush wars—the American people feel more comfortable with a politician who appears to reach out to the other side, who gives them a chance to play ball.
about(BarackObama)  optimism  liberal  politics  reason-for-hope  strategy  bipartisanship 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Barack Hoover Obama: The best and the brightest blow it again—By Kevin Baker (Harper's Magazine)
Obama should not deceive himself into thinking that such interest-group politics can be banished any more than can the cycles of Wall Street. It is not too late for him to change direction and seize the radical moment at hand. But for the moment, just like another very good man, Barack Obama is moving prudently, carefully, reasonably toward disaster.
about(BarackObama)  politics  progressive  ideology  bipartisanship 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Congress Matters :: From the files
Quotes from Republicans opposing Bill Clinton's deficit reduction package, Social Security, Medicare, etc.
republicans  bipartisanship  obstructionism  fake-outrage  outrage 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Obama Should Act Like He Won - WSJ.com
Centrism is a chump's game. Democrats have massive majorities these days not because they waffle hither and yon but because their historic principles have been vindicated by events. This is their moment. Let the other side do the triangulating.
politics  obama  centrism  bipartisanship  slogans  rhetoric  cliche  triangulation 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Economic Growth is Political
But it's not just narrative, that's a tool. It also starts with refusing to recognize that we really truly do disagree with our fellow citizens on how our country should be ordered. If you don't countenance disagreement, then you'll get annoyed at people who 'cause trouble', and the dominant elite will be able to use norms like politeness to discredit left-wing political leaders
politics  economics  philosophy  ideology  pragmatism  bipartisanship  narrative 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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