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  •  Cultural Pluralism begets democracy (10+ / 0-)

    The problem with American politics isn't that the political parties are polarized, or that partisanship is too harsh.  The problem is the homogeneity of our political class.  Our political class is overwhelmingly composed of heavily credentialled professionals drawn from the Ivy League and other elite universities such as Stanford.

    The history of U.S. politics is a story of ethic groups fighting one another for a piece of the pie.  During the 1960s a so called "school" of historical interpretation arose to study why the Irish voted Democratic and German Lutherans voted Republican, but German Catholics did not.   "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion!" was the late nineteenth century version of the "culture wars."

    The rump Republican party of today is overwhelmingly a southern phenonemon.  Southerners have held to the same political beliefs, ( i.e. states' rights, laissez-faire economic policies, crackpot fiscal policies, a violent honor tradition, and an explicitly herronvolk democracy since the earlly nineteenth century.

    An excellent way to get more "progressive' policy results would be to change the structure of American government which favors smaller more rural states.  Filibuster reform would be a start, but i also find the equality of state representation in the Senate no longer feasible when the largest state is now 70 times more populous than the smallest.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:22:33 AM PDT

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