Thursday, November 04, 2004

Coherent?

Niall Ferguson argues that the election should not be seen as a sign of division in America, the beginning of a culture war, that Andrew Sullivan seems to think it is, but rather as a revitalization of American politics. Suddenly we have voter turn-out! People energized! Activism has replaced apathy! We have a vibrant political arena! This is a good thing -- or so we are supposed to think. We should not worry about the tenor of this revitalized poltical arena because we have the happy fact that people care. And for Ferguson that seems to argue against the fact that this activism comes in a very partisan form. Something here does not follow. If you are concerned about division, then more people participating in politics is a data point in favor of division, not against it.

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