"The threat to democracy today is not the size of government but rather
the hidden form that so much of its growth has taken. If those who
assume government has never helped them could see how it has, it might
help defuse our polarized political climate and reinvigorate informed
citizenship" (stress added).
Last spring I posted
on a short essay by political scientist Suzanne Mettler. I recently came across this Op-Ed
in The New York Times
that puts her point in a pointed way. I've lifted the punchline to the essay above. Mettler is right that politics revolves around visibility, even if I think she is a bit overly optimistic (to say the least) about the chances of mitigating polarization and political ignorance.
Labels: Data Graphics, Mettler, polarization, political economy