Please help contribute to the Reddit categorization project here

    system_exposure

    + friends - friends
    249,201 link karma
    24,185 comment karma
    send message redditor for

    [–] A Tale of Two Parties | How did the Republican Party succumb to populism within its ranks, while the Democrats have so far managed to resist it? A prominent Democrat offers his view—with lessons for 2020. system_exposure 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 hours ago) in politics

    I think the concern leans more towards messaging policy. Communication is consequential, and that fact underlies a great deal of immediate conflict, within the party and beyond.

    All populists, notes Brookings Institution scholar William A. Galston, claim to be the authentic voice of “the people” against deracinated, self-dealing elites. Their aim is to knock those elites off their privileged perch and restore genuinely popular democracy.

    Each populist movement identifies and attacks elites, which may or may not correspond to real corruption. A lasting effect of these attacks is the erosion of trust, which may or may not be warranted. Regardless of attack validity, populism provides an alluring and popular message. Its short term advantages may, however, be partially offset by the long-term damage to trust. Collapsing trust may precipitate in a communications crisis, where once trusted sources of fact and analysis become dismissed.

    I would argue we are experiencing exactly that now, where valid information is being dismissed all too readily based on widespread erosion of trust in different sources, and even broad categories of sources at times---such as policy institutions, science, or government as a whole.

    It is not that economic populism is inherently bad, but that the corresponding policy needs to be fully fleshed out and realistically actionable, lest economic populism amount to empty promises and sloganeering, with long term social costs of eroded trust arising from relatively brief campaign cycles. A person can say winning words and attack the right groups and individuals to seize the presidency---but that does not mean they will be able to meaningfully deliver, nor avert disaster.

    I see the party divide as largely between technocrats and ideologues, and my hope is that a happy balance can be found between figures such as Bernie defining the North star, and figures like Biden harnessing their institutional clout to help drive us forward toward that vision.

    [–] What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet | We need a political system that mirrors the best in us. system_exposure 0 points ago in politics

    Google News provides some useful lesser known filters that enhance search functionality. A quick way to locate instances of articles with headlines containing bipartisan support is to use the allintitle: filter, as such: allintitle:bipartisan support.

    Not all results are instances of bipartisan support, as some note its absence, but this query still provides a good quick sampling.

    Changes in our information ecosystem create a distorted lens, which is especially true of social media, often putting anything not reinforcing conflict at a disadvantage. It influences our worldviews and ultimately the world, in turn. Cooperation still exists, but is less likely to seize our attention, and sadly also less likely to command influence for that reason.

    [–] What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet | We need a political system that mirrors the best in us. system_exposure 1 points ago in politics

    The Republican leadership is 100% obstructive.

    Note that your assertion does not contradict my own:

    Neither party is entirely comprised of absolutists.

    [–] What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet | We need a political system that mirrors the best in us. system_exposure 5 points ago in politics

    Republicans are no more a monolith than Democrats. Even in these divided times we still see bipartisan support for different initiatives. Conflict seizes attention, headlines, ratings, and traffic---and warps our perception of one another.

    [–] What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet | We need a political system that mirrors the best in us. system_exposure 0 points ago * (lasted edited 15 hours ago) in politics

    We need productivity more than we need gridlock. Reasonable voices willing to cross party lines are vital to productivity. Elevating the worst opposition voices maximizes their influence. We have the power and choice to heal one another, from both the damage wrought by this pandemic and our toxic politics.