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Adam Garfinkle
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The Middle East & Beyond
October 25, 2012

What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It, Part 3: Corruption/Plutocracy

A reasonably sentient reader might think that between globalization/automation causes and our political/institutional dysfunction, there is nothing left to account for in order to explain what’s wrong with the United States these days. That would be wrong. In my view, more of the variance that explains our parlous present circumstances lies in this third group […]

October 24, 2012

What They Should Have Debated

It’s been a while since I addressed specifically Middle Eastern issues in this space, but of course that does not mean nothing is going on there worth commenting upon. If anything, too much is going on. In addition to the standard frustrations of the bloodletting in Syria, the fragility of the new Iraq, the even […]

October 19, 2012

Of Rudeness and Fake Politeness

A few years ago Lynne Truss published a book called Talk to the Hand. Coming on the heels of her smash hit, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, this book was intended as an educated rant about the appalling rudeness of contemporary Western cultures. In the course of her rant she necessarily struggled with the reasons for […]

October 15, 2012

What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It, Part 2: Political/Institutional

Those who point to the dysfunction of our political institutions generally raise several distinct but interwoven phenomena. The first is the increased role of ideology in American politics. Both parties have become far fonder, if not necessarily more adept, at abstract thinking, for better or, usually, for worse. Ideological polarization between the two major parties […]

October 9, 2012

What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It, Part 1: Introduction, and Globalization/Automation

Editor’s Note: Following is the first in a series of posts analyzing the sources of American political dysfunction and proposing a programmatic response to those problems. Some months ago my colleague here at The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead, wrote a series of intellectually high-end blog posts analyzing the collapse of what he called the […]

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