Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.
However, there is a third option, and it has something of the Third Way about it. The concept of the One-Nation Conservatives
He fared equally well among New Hampshire's moderates and staunch conservatives.
The blindness of American Christians, as they hurl insults at Islam, is evidence that religion as a source of right relationship with God and therefore with others, is fueling further religious intolerance, even as it ignores its own terroristic tendencies done in the name of its God.
I believe the appeal to Westerners to join ISIS is a piece of a larger pattern, namely, a reaction to the vacuum they experience; they miss an ideology, a compelling vision that drives them.
Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.
Ideology is overly broad. It simplifies arguments, obscuring inconsistency of thought and differences between individuals. It provides security and community at the expense of this simplification.
Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.
This theory is an overly idealized concept of the capabilities of the electorate. Marjorie Hershey demonstrates that political
I have good friends. They are in a mixed marriage: she's a Republican, he's a Democrat. Both take their respective affiliations seriously. They've always made their union of political opposites work. But this season, there is coolness in the political air.