A Free Online Course from Yale University Explains How the World Lapsed into the Politics of Fear & Resentment

“How did we get from the huge eupho­ria that fol­lowed the fall of com­mu­nism in the ear­ly 1990s to our present pol­i­tics of fear and resent­ment, and what are the prospects going for­ward?” These ques­tions and more get answered in Yale’s free course, “Pow­er and Pol­i­tics in Today’s World.”  Taught by Pro­fes­sor of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Ian Shapiro, the course “pro­vides an exam­i­na­tion of polit­i­cal dynam­ics and insti­tu­tions over this past tumul­tuous quar­ter cen­tu­ry, and the impli­ca­tions of these changes for what comes next. Among the top­ics cov­ered are the decline of trade unions and the enlarged role of busi­ness as polit­i­cal forces, chang­ing atti­tudes towards par­ties and oth­er polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions amidst the growth of inequal­i­ty and mid­dle-class inse­cu­ri­ty, the emer­gence of new forms of author­i­tar­i­an­ism, and the char­ac­ter and dura­bil­i­ty of the unipo­lar inter­na­tion­al order that replaced the Cold War.”

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  • WW says:

    Hav­ing been alive since the Tru­man admin­is­tra­tion (God, I miss Ike!) the decline in Amer­i­ca start­ed at JFK’s assas­si­na­tion, con­tin­ued through Viet­nam, and peaked at Water­gate, which sealed Amer­i­ca’s fate of decline at every-lev­el. Things were “nor­mal” oth­er­wise, until Clin­ton’s elec­tion, which ush­ered-in the Age of Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness, and woke-Diver­si­ty. This has­n’t been a well-func­tion­ing coun­try since, regard­less of the par­ty-in-office. “Feel­ings” rule the day, in the lunatic-con­trolled asy­lum now! How I pine for the 20th Cen­tu­ry, when log­ic and civ­il-dis­course ruled-the-day.

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