I’m not going to jump all over Trump’s case. We in the United States have become a deeply polarized people given to extremes.
The general layout:
“Brown” – New Nationalism – Conservative – Far Right
“Red-Green” – Old Comrades and Neo-Islamists – Far Left
Neither “Brown” nor “Red-Green” should be defining classically liberal American politics, but those color codes have made deep inroads into both of our political parties, and that’s leaving the middle and moderate ranks anemic, or at least looking so.
I’m remaining stuck in the middle!
As always, and also, I want to follow what actually happens over a little bit of time — the famous “First 100 Days” may do — before becoming strident about predictions — and I hope never to confuse “political conservatism” with “conservatism in research”, i.e., careful data collection and thoughtful analysis over time.
BackChannels does not want to practice writing the same article over and over; however, with repetition of some ideas comes increased compression for the same.
If nothing else, this post — and this blog — advocate for empiricism and high integrity in journalism matched by some breadth in knowledge and insight.
Critical reading and reasoning abilities also count in the politics we American have either dealt ourselves or allowed to overtake us. If en masse we’re subconsciously intent on becoming, keeping, or aligning ourselves in brutal, vicious, and vulgar mobs, then power may become the permanent province of an immensely wealthy business and political elite, i.e., our democracy will simply melt away into just another authoritarian, capricious, feudal, and spirit crushing nightmare.