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An Iconic Survey of America's Political Landscape (or Lack Thereof),
This review is from: Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process (Paperback)
I came across this book about a year ago, if that, at my local public library. Dionne's piercing analysis opened my eyes to the answer, or beginnings of an answer, to a question that had been so residual in my mind.
Looking at the publication date, I was taken aback. The book is so relevant, and it was originally introduced to the market in 1992.
But that's a footnote. Dionne's thesis is simple, yet brilliantly incisive: American political "apathy" is only apparent; the hostility among most people toward 'politics' and, especially, 'politicians' can be explained, he writes, toward the "false choices" provided by our ineffective two-party system.
So, instead of energy and solidarity, we are seeing (and have been seeing for many years, as Dionne indicates) paralysis, stagnation and a 'polarized' climate that denies a third way.