The Rise of Seinfeld Politics & The End of Principles

David Sirota: What happens when a party's Washington elites decide to attack the entire concept of "ideology?"
Berating the entire concept of ideology has become something of a fad in contemporary Washington, D.C. The David Broders lead us to believe that ideology - defined by the dictionary as "a set of beliefs" - is exactly the same thing as rigid, counterproductive dogma that prevents people from compromising. Of course, the chattering class is perhaps the most rigidly dogmatic demographic in America, loyally clinging to a rather strident elitist ideology on everything from trade, to the war and to democracy itself. Put another way, "ideology" is berated even as an ideological war is being fought by the beraters. And while the conservative movement actually believes in movement politics and rejects the idiotic attack on the concept of having "a set of beliefs," many Democratic Party elites buy the whole frame hook, line and sinker - for clearly corrupt reasons.
David Sirota is a veteran political strategist and author of Hostile Takeover, a New York Times bestseller about the corruption of both political parties.
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