Arnold Kling’s new book on Kindle

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!

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

Agreed. I did a double take on that one...

Bought it anyway...very good so far.

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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" ...

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Re: "Write a charitable review!"

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

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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.

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.

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

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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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