What's been billed as an intractable cultural clash between right and left, conservative and liberal is ably explored at the root level of values by Adams in this quick read of a text.
Adams, a polling guru and co-founder of Environics, is worth listening to on this subject, having conducted widespread and ongoing research into the fundamental values of Americans since the early 90's, tracking their shift every four years since, leading up to the 2005 publication of this book, as Bush II edges out Kerry and the country reflects on its trajectory.
|Down with Fox News!|
|Down with MSNBC!|
The text suggests these implications rather than addressing them. While that's likely beyond the intended scope, the lack of a helpful implications summary and a reading that feels like many quant results strung together for our own interpretation knocks this down to a Steak Knives. While interesting as 'nuggets,' I found the text hard to track from sub-section to sub-section. I think the text suffers for an overly objective posture, frankly. While I've got my own partisan soap boxes and axes to grind, I tend to think of myself as a 'third way' kinda guy. The realities of the trends outlined in this book just depressed me all around. Intractable problems indeed...
|Hey, partisan fanboys! Why so serious?|
[I write this on the eve of a provincial election that's failed to engage citizens in Ontario even as it has failed to speak to them meaningfully about where we're really *at* and what's required to pull ourselves back up, if it's even possible. Instead, we get inane attack ads and red herring side-issues that play to exactly this kind of artificial/contrived cultural divide. Is it too cynical/paranoid to see this as exactly what the uber-oligarchy is aiming for?]