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RS 185 - Hans Noel on "The role of ideology in politics"

Release date: May 28th, 2017

Hans Noel

We're used to conflating political parties (Republican and Democrat) with political ideologies (conservative and liberal), but the two were very distinct only a few decades ago. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia talks with political scientist Hans Noel about why the Democrats became the party of liberalism and the Republicans the party of conservatism, whether voters are hypocrites in the way they apply their ostensible ideology, and whether politicians are motivated by ideals or just self-interest.

Han's Book: "Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America" by Hans Noel

Hans' Pick: "Party Government" by E.E. Schattschneider

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science


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June 1, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterqapla
Re: the conversation early on about whether there are sincere politicians. I think the discussion underestimates the extent to which elected politicians are pragmatic incrementalists, who are willing to compromise so long as there is movement in the right direction, but also underestimates the current makeup of sincere uncompromising ideologues in the House (e.g., the House Freedom Caucus) who are unwilling to compromise even with members of their own party. I think both kinds of politicians can be sincere believers in ideology, and it seems to me that we need a few more of the former type and fewer of the latter type.
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October 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Perhaps too many political activists operate in solider mode instead of scout mode. So many politicians just want power and money, and play up a certain ideology as a means to win office, so they can they retire and collect a fat lobbyist check.
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