26 April 2012

Visibility & Invisibility in American Politics

"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.

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