The Top 10 Reasons American Politics Are So Broken
— January 7, 2015
By Jonathan Haidt
1) The two parties purified themselves ideologically
There was once a time when Republican lawmakers counted a good number of liberals among them, and Democrats enjoyed the membership of many conservatives. Yet now, the two parties are purer – and further apart – than at any time since the end of Reconstruction. The Republicans are more conservative than the Democrats are liberal, but both parties have much less diversity of ideology than they had in the past. You can see that in this chart, which shows where an average lawmaker in each party fell on the left-right spectrum, based on their voting records, in every Congress since 1879. Higher means more conservative, lower means more liberal.
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Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership.