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Zombie Neoliberalism | Dissent Magazine
"Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank Metropolitan Books, 2016, 320 pp."
book  review  democrats  new-deal  liberalism  neoliberalism 
december 2017 by tsuomela
The issue is not Hillary Clinton's Wall St links but her party's core dogmas | Thomas Frank | Opinion | The Guardian
"The Democratic party rejected the New Deal and its stress on working-class Americans in favour of a technocratic elite – is it time for a political revolution?"
politics  2016  democrats  new-deal  technocracy 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Why did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate
"After generations of loyalty, Southern whites left the Democratic party en masse in the second half of the twentieth century. To what extent did Democrats' 1960s Civil Rights initiatives trigger this exodus, versus Southern economic development, rising political polarization or other trends that made the party unattractive to Southern whites? The lack of data on racial attitudes and political preferences spanning the 1960s Civil Rights era has hampered research on this central question of American political economy. We uncover and employ such data, drawn from Gallup surveys dating back to 1958. From 1958 to 1961, conservative racial views strongly predict Democratic identification among Southern whites, a correlation that disappears after President Kennedy introduces sweeping Civil Rights legislation in 1963. We find that defection among racially conservative whites explains all (three-fourths) of the decline in relative white Southern Democratic identification between 1958 and 1980 (2000). We offer corroborating quantitative analysis—drawn from sources such as Gallup questions on presidential approval and hypothetical presidential match-ups as well as textual analysis of newspapers—for the central role of racial views in explaining white Southern dealignment from the Democrats as far back as the 1940s."
politics  political-science  democrats  republicans  conservatism  the-south  racism  history 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Frank Rich on 'This Town' and Washington's Dysfunctional Bipartisanship -- New York Magazine
"The Stench of the Potomac Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment."
politics  money  lobbying  class  elites  power  democrats  failure  corruption 
august 2013 by tsuomela
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
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
Robert Reich (The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party)
"But the modern Democratic Party is not likely to embrace left-wing populism the way the GOP has embraced – or, more accurately, been forced to embrace – right-wing populism. Just follow the money, and remember history."
wall-street  protests  activism  democrats  politics  liberal  history  populism 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Tuning Out the Democrats - NYTimes.com
"It’s perplexing. When unemployment is high, and the rich are getting richer, you would think that voters of average means would flock to progressives, who are supposed to have their interests in mind — and who historically have delivered for them.

During the last half-century or so, when a Democratic president has led the country, people have tended to experience lower unemployment, less inequality and rising income compared with periods of Republican governance. There is a reason, however, that many voters in the developed world are turning away from Democrats, Socialists, liberals and progressives."
politics  political-science  polling  democrats  ideology  progressive 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The impotence of the loyal partisan voter - Democratic Party - Salon.com
"One thing is for certain: right now, the Democratic Party is absolutely correct in its assessment that kicking its base is good politics. Why is that? Because they know that they have inculcated their base with sufficient levels of fear and hatred of the GOP, so that no matter how often the Party kicks its base, no matter how often Party leaders break their promises and betray their ostensible values, the base will loyally and dutifully support the Party and its leaders (at least in presidential elections
politics  liberal  democrats  party  partisanship 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - How the White House cut its deal and lost its base
Instead, the White House disappeared into a closed room with the Republicans and cut a deal that they'd made no effort to sell to progressives. When the deal was cut, the president took an oblique shot at their preferences, saying "the American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories." And this came a mere week or two after the White House announced a federal pay freeze. The pattern, for progressives, seems clear: The White House uses them during elections, but doesn't listen to, or consult them, while governing. In fact, it insults them, and then tells them to quiet down, they got the best bargain possible, even if it wasn't the one they'd asked for, or been promised.
politics  progressive  obama  style  negotiating  republicans  taxes  democrats  economics 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Question | Corrente
The Democrats who are wringing their hands over the costs of the Tea Party, are really already getting ahead of the game of kicking their own populists. The Democratic Party needed Obama himself to come out and kick his own base, repeatedly. That base, once kicked, stayed down. With the results seen in the election. The old voted, and largely as they have voted for the last 10 years: in favor of gray fascism. The young did not vote. In only two years, Obama had lost them

But this is mirrored across the developed world: in the UK, the budget will be balanced on the backs of the young, including in University fees. In France, retirement age increases were pushed through by a government with less than 30% approval. In Germany a right wing coalition imposes austerity on all of Europe, to keep the currency reigned in. The global old, are in firm control of the future, and since they do not have much future, they are voting to strip it bare.
politics  generation  intergenerational  justice  economics  democrats  progressive  failure  age 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Consortiumnews.com - The 'Teach-the-Dems-a-Lesson' Myth
In other words, the Left’s notion of “teaching the Democrats a lesson” is a myth. It may make some progressives feel morally pure, but it doesn’t work. And, the results of the last 42 years should make clear that the idea is not only folly but it is dangerous.
politics  democrats  liberal 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Energy Conservation "Nudges" and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment
“Nudges” are being widely promoted to encourage energy conservation. We show that while the electricity conservation “nudge” of providing feedback to households on own and peers’ home electricity usage works with liberals, it can backfire with conservatives. Our regression estimates predict that a Democratic household that pays for electricity from renewable sources, that donates to environmental groups, and that lives in a liberal neighborhood reduces its consumption by 3 percent in response to this nudge. A Republican household that does not pay for electricity from renewable sources and that does not donate to environmental groups increases its consumption by 1 percent.
energy  environment  nudge  behavioral-economics  politcal-science  politics  ideology  conservative  republicans  democrats 
july 2010 by tsuomela
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