Polarization Rationalized

A review of
Why We’re Polarized
(Author: Ezra Klein)

It’s nice that Ezra Klein has expertly explained why we are polarized, why it is worsening and is self-reinforcing, and why it will have a stranglehold on politics for a generation or more. Though, there are important nuances missing, and some of his conclusions are hasty.

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New Sample Videos: The Problem with Health Care

Check out Know The System’s two new sample animated videos here. Each is under five minutes in duration and is targeted for the general public.

The overarching thesis is that, while specific policy prescriptions are a good thing, it’s not what voters need to hear about in order for them to understand and (potentially) support reform.

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What Conservatives Believe

A review of
Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism
(Author: George Hawley)

George Hawley insightfully analyzes several different strands of conservativism—some more fringe than others—demolishing the view of conservatism as a unified movement. He first describes how “mainstream” conservative orthodoxy has at times been enforced, and then digs into a number of right-wing groups who have been out of the mainstream:

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