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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans And Democrats Reside In Different Galaxies

It’s often noted that liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. But if the Republican National Convention is any indication, liberals and conservatives inhabit not just different worlds but different galaxies—far, far away from each other.

July 22, 2016

The Democratic Party Is The Only Home For Centrists

This is a letter to political centrists. For those of you alarmed that Rep. Eric Cantor was not conservative enough for Republicans in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, I encourage you to read Charles Wheelan’s The Centrist Manifesto. Wheelan, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College, puts to words what we can all sense: Partisan gridlock is […]

June 16, 2014

What’s So Bad About Political Polarization?

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Monkey Cage series summarizing what political scientists know — and don’t know — about partisan polarization continues to be outstanding, a real must-read for those who want to understand contemporary politics. Sean Theriault today draws a very important distinction between polarization and what he calls partisan warfare, which he describes […]

January 10, 2014