The most exciting idea in politics is indifference

Source: Washington Post
by Jason Willick

“The ideal democratic citizen, we learn in high school civics, is engaged and informed, confident in his or her understanding of politics and ready to make a difference. But it’s hard to look at the current political climate — deformed by polarization, saturated with ‘experts,’ overflowing with outrage entrepreneurs — and determine that political intensity, on the left or the right, is what is lacking from American democracy. The optimal relationship between politics and good citizenship might be due for an update. A paper published March 19 in Public Opinion Quarterly, an Oxford University journal, shows that Americans with the highest levels of self-described political knowledge and capabilities are also the most polarized and intolerant of the opposing party.” (04/01/24)