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Eight Ways to Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right

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Political partisans want you to choose only between Left and Right, Red and Blue, Us and Them. But the reality is that Americans are deeply divided in more ways than one, and the savvy voter, no less than the savvy politician, must make more sense of things. Eight Ways to Run the Country explains what conventional political theory cannot, offering a profoundly illuminating ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Praeger
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Blyden
Sep 12, 2010 Blyden rated it liked it
I decided to make my own little 2-dimensional map of the political landscape. First I listed a few of the political camps I perceive in the American landscape. Then I thought about the dimensions that might distinguish them. On the horizontal access I had progressive on the left vs. conservative on the right. On the vertical access centralization of power (i.e. bureaucratization) at the top and decentralization of power at the bottom. Searching the web to find similar political maps I came acros ...more
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Apr 16, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was cool! I've been very dissatisfied with the current "Left/Right--Republican/Democrat" split. I think it really no longer serves us well, if it ever did. This book has a fascinating theoretical model of political belief and tradition, along two axes--one "archy/anarchy" and the other "kratos/akrateia" with a resulting placement of eight different political traditions around the "compass" Most interesting, although I still really don't know exactly where to place myself (Most lik ...more
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Aug 07, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
One of my fed. colleagues gave me his book earlier this year, and I was fairly shocked after reading it that I had never heard of him beforehand, or that his book wasn't in every PolySci 100 class in America. This is one of the most thoughtful, accessible, interesting depictions of our prominent political categories you could ever hope to find. From neoconservatism to communitarianism to theoconservatism, anyone with an interest in politics will find this a great read.
Ellen
Jul 30, 2007 Ellen rated it it was amazing
The old classifications of Left and Right, Conservative and Liberal no longer apply. In this book, Mitchell breaks down America's ideological landscape into 8 "parties," and talks about the distinction between power (kratos) and authority (arche). This helps to shed light on the controversies that revolve around "separation of church and state" arguments, which seem to be happening more and more. It's a short book that will really change the way you think about politics.
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This really helped me understand the various points of view and who the players are. Although the subject is very complex, the author did an excellent job making it easy to understand and follow.
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Author Brian Patrick Mitchell is a former soldier and journalist, the author of several nonfiction books and scholarly articles on politics and religion, and a deacon of the Orthodox Church. He and his wife have three grown children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
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