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By Peter S. Wenz

On any given evening cable television information will let us know how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. yet in truth, writes Peter Wenz in Beyond purple and Blue, american citizens don't divide well into ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In genuine lifestyles, as Wenz exhibits, varied ideologies can converge on sure concerns; humans from the fitting and left can aid an analogous coverage for various purposes. hence, for instance, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act's encroachment on own freedom and social conservatives can aid homosexual marriage because it strengthens the establishment of marriage. Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies -- starting from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism -- on which americans draw whilst taking political positions. He then turns his concentration to a couple of America's such a lot debatable matters and exhibits how ideologically assorted coalitions can emerge on such hot-button issues as extending existence via man made capacity, the warfare on medications, the battle on terrorism, affirmative motion, abortion, same-sex marriage, wellbeing and fitness care, immigration, and globalization. knowledge of those twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, may also help activists enlist allies, electorate higher comprehend politics and elections, and we all outline our personal political identities.

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