If once upon a time people imagined a public sphere of more or less reasonable and honorable people leading one another toward ever greater reasonableness, this entailed a tacit anthropological specification: namely, that the citizens of a liberal democracy belong, as it were, to the same tribe or people. Not so today, when the object of politics is to place your opponent in another and non-American tribe entirely, defined by its repugnant customs and insane beliefs.That hits home.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Politics as psychopathology
Here's a different take ([n+1 magazine]:
Posted by Michael at 12:20 PM