By Peter S. Wenz
On any given evening cable television information will let us know how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. yet in reality, writes Peter Wenz in past crimson and Blue, americans don't divide well into ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In genuine lifestyles, as Wenz indicates, diverse ideologies can converge on sure concerns; humans from the proper and left can help an identical coverage for various purposes. hence, for instance, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act’s encroachment on own freedom and social conservatives can aid homosexual marriage in view that it strengthens the establishment of marriage.
Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies—ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism—on which americans draw while taking political positions. He then turns his concentration to a few of America’s so much debatable concerns and exhibits how ideologically different coalitions can emerge on such hot-button issues as extending lifestyles through synthetic capacity, the struggle on medications, the conflict on terrorism, affirmative motion, abortion, same-sex marriage, well-being care, immigration, and globalization.
Awareness of those twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, may help activists enlist allies, electorate greater comprehend politics and elections, and we all outline our personal political identities.
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