If you’re online at all, or even following the news, you may have picked up on some tension between between the Democratic Party and its younger, more activist Left flank. I’ve seen some confusion about where this tension is coming from. Let’s talk about it.Continue reading “On Intersections; or, the Left”
The two-axis political test is among the most famous and most frequently cited ways to chart political affiliation. I want to talk a little bit about its history, and about the different iterations of this model that I’ve seen before. We’re going to get into their strengths, weaknesses, and creators, starting with one of the most prominent psychologists of the 21st century.Continue reading “Super-Models: Hans Eysenck”
We all know the claims: America is more polarized than it has been in nearly a century. Polarization has been blamed for America’s failure to contain COVID, for our partisan gridlock, for a whole host of problems both local and federal. It certainly sounds bad.
But is it?Continue reading “Is Polarization Bad?”
The basic right/left dynamic between progressive and conservative is an obvious measurement, and one that’s easy to track, in broad terms, on an axis from equality to hierarchy. The other axis? That one isn’t working as well for me.Continue reading “The Other Axis”
To my mind, the importance of representation is indisputable. But is it inherently ideological?Continue reading “Is Representation Ideological?”
I recently posted a look at the first draft of the rating system I will be using. In it, I used a lot of fairly specific terminology. Rest assured, the map will be easy to read even if you don’t know what each of those terms mean. Don’t believe me? Here’s a draft of what it will look like.Continue reading “What Does the Bias Map Look Like?”
There are a lot of weird, arcane terms in political discourse, including in the rating system I recently published. You don’t need to know what all those terms mean to understand the bias map; this post is merely for the politically curious.Continue reading “A Complicated Dictionary of Political Nonsense”