Ideology Sucks

A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 21:10

"When Patrick Buchanan took the stage at the Republican National Convention in 1992 and proclaimed, “There is a religious war going on for the soul of our country,” his audience knew what he was talking about: the culture wars, which had raged throughout the previous decade and would continue until the century’s end, pitting conservative and religious Americans against their liberal, secular fellow citizens. It was an era marked by polarization and posturing fueled by deep-rooted anger and insecurity.

The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science--and Reality

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 13:58

"Bestselling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality—it's just part of who they are.

From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more. Why won't Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?

Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 20:24

"Giroux exposes the corporate forces at play and charts a clear-minded and inspired course of action out of the shadows of market-driven education policy. Championing the youth around the globe who have dared to resist the bartering of their future, he calls upon public intellectuals—as well as all people concer ned about the future of democracy—to speak out and defend the university as a site of critical learning and democratic promise."

The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:29

"Since Ronald Reagan left office—and particularly after his death—his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator.

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:23

"“Fascists,” “Brownshirts,” “jackbooted stormtroopers”—such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?