Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 12:10

"Why do Republican politicians promise to rein in government, only to face repeated rebellions from Republican voters and media critics for betraying their principles? Why do Democratic politicians propose an array of different policies to match the diversity of their supporters, only to become mired in stark demographic divisions over issue priorities? In short, why do the two parties act so differently-whether in the electorate, on the campaign trail, or in public office?

American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 15:40
"The phrase “American exceptionalism” is used in many ways and for many purposes, but its original meaning involved a statement of fact: for the first century after the Constitution went into effect, European observers and Americans alike saw the United States as exceptional, with political and civic cultures that had no counterparts anywhere else.

All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 14:38

"Who rules America?

All the Presidents’ Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history.

Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents’ Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers.