Eight Ways to Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right
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 illuminati...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Praeger
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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
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
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.
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.
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.More about Brian Patrick Mitchell...