Essay: Interest Group Overview

[Note: This post is a lot longer than I expected.  It will probably be of interest to students taking an American politics course or, specifically, an interest groups course. As of 12/4/09 I don’t have the bibliographic references listed, but will add later on.]

Concerns about groups in American politics date back at least to Madison’s (1787) concerns at the founding of the republic, when he warned against the danger of factions in our national politics. Continue reading “Essay: Interest Group Overview”

Broder: “A retiree who writes a column once in a while”

The smack-down of David Broder continues today at Harper’s. Why is anyone still reading him, let alone citing him in Senate floor speeches? Broder’s Healthcare By Scott Horton In a column on Sunday, the Washington Post’s David Broder explains to us that Harry Reid’s healthcare bill is a “budget-buster.” Broder’s latest bloviation even worked its […]

Hofstadter on the Paranoid Style

Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style” is always relevant and, lately, frequently quoted. If you have 20 minutes, it’s worth a read. American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage […]