Political Theater

Somehow I missed this older post on political analysis, but it’s still worth reading. I think Mr. Kling gets the problem right, though I’m not so sure about the solution. The post identifies three major and distressing trends in political activity. It’s the second one (an increase in the theatrical component of politics) which rang a bell for me. If you think through the campaign activity of Clinton, Obama, and McCain over the last few weeks, it seems full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Ready for change? Concerned for the little guy? Want national honor? Think about the charges of sexism, racism, and ageism. Sure, there are some general distinctions between the Democratic and Republican political and economic philosophies, but nothing much is new there. It’s mostly theater – and expensive theater at that. I’d be happier with Macbeth, Othello, or King Lear!

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