Polarization is not just for Congress

When last October's political stand-off led to the failure of our federal government to function, we learned how deep the trenches dividing our Democrats and Republicans in Congress ran.  Boris Shor wrote in a January 14th post on The Monkey Cage, a Washington Post political science blog, that our individual state legislatures also face a polarization problem - half of them even more …

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What’s in a word, and does it matter?

Lately I’ve been thinking about definitions.  How they are formed, how they change, how they can end up taking away more than they provide for meaning, and whether or not agreed-upon definitions are important.  I’m not terribly concerned with definitions of tangible objects, like apples.  Whether or not you agree with me about what an …

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