Arnold Kling’s new book on Kindle

by on April 14, 2013 at 10:07 am in Books, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion | Permalink

Arnold writes:

It’s called The Three Languages of Politics. It’s an extended take on the three-axis model. Get it! Write a charitable review! Use this post to give me your comments!

philip gahtan April 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

the kindle preview question 6 for progressives is wrong. they would answer racial discrimination.

mph April 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

Agreed. I did a double take on that one…

Bought it anyway…very good so far.

Enriquei April 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

The idea of a “dominant heuristic” is not really that original (cf. Kuhn on paradigms or Polinsky on frames), but I like Kling’s “ideological Turing Test” …

Bill April 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Re: “Write a charitable review!”

The American Red Cross assists persons in need and is supported by many Americans. It does good work, mostly.

Fred Thompson April 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This is very interesting, but I’d really like to see an argument that it makes an advance over Wildavsky’s cultural theory of politics.

Wildavsky, Aaron. “Choosing preferences by constructing institutions: A cultural theory of preference formation.” The American political science review (1987): 4-21.

Thompson, Michael, et al. Cultural theory. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990.

And the retrospective issue of PS Political Science and Politics 44, no. 4 (2011), edited by Brendon Swedlow.

JVM April 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Plus like, all critical theory, several branches of semiotics, etc… not that it’s wrong it’s just not novel to those of us with BAs.

Andrew' April 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Almost novel and almost BA for $1.99 sounds like a bargain to me.

Steve Sailer April 15, 2013 at 2:29 am

Arnold’s model fits British party politics in the Downton Abbey era nicely:

Tory/Conservative: civilization, authority, order
Whig/Liberal: liberty turning into equality
Socialist/Labour: the oppressed

Britain at the beginning of the 20th Century was an extremely influential time and place, more influential than even the American example.

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