Opinion – How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

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This is an outstanding must-read article from The Atlantic. It argues that Republicans and Democrats of 2016 have neither intelligible boundaries nor enforceable norms. The alarming conclusion is that as a result, renegade political behavior pays.

Source: How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

Let me give you a flavor:

Trump, however, didn’t cause the chaos. The chaos caused Trump. What we are seeing is not a temporary spasm of chaos but a chaos syndrome.

Personally, I blame President Obama for promising so much and delivering so little.

Across the Western world, we are witnessing the rise in power of the political extremes, the far-left and the far-right. This is the world of post-truth politics, in which evidenced is suppressed and dogma rules – for both extremes, the end justifies the means. Democracy has been hijacked by populism.

Let me ask an open question:

So how will the political center win against populism?


One response

  1. The answer to Dr Alf’s open question is that politicians have dissembled too much, lied too much and have tried to avoid answering or thinking about the difficult issues we face.

    Delivery under Obama has been so scant that you would need an electron microscope to see exactly what HAS been delivered and in America, as elsewhere in the world, people see themselves as consumers with certain rights.

    Issues like automation, robotics, cybernetics, 3D printing and the need for up-skilling, more exports and a more outward looking focus have not been addressed, so when Obama, or his equivalents around the world, says that policies are working, people compare their situations to what has been promised and find that they are being delivered what Trading Standards calls “short measure”.

    This means buying a pint or liter of beer but getting less than half of it, whilst being charged for the whole amount.
    In the past people would grumble, be fed lies and in most cases put up with what they were given but no longer.

    They want what they were promised, when it was promised to arrive, and preferably faster than that.

    Politics is still in the age of horses and carts, rather than the internet age where every promise and utterance can and is being compared with earlier utterances and politicians by not managing expectations and by not delivering or explaining why they can’t (changed circumstances), risk approbation and ridicule.

    Trump may be a buffoon and will not win the Presidency but Hillary Clinton will not be able to disregard some of the important points he has made however much she might disagree with the inflammatory way in which he makes his case.
    The genie is out of the bottle, people want delivery and they want to see fairer distribution of wealth and the old norms are simply not going to be accepted any longer.

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