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With the threat of prosecution after his time period is over and the potential for disbarment in Arkansas placing over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the occasions that experience it exhibit no signal of abating. The query has turn into what to do, and the way to imagine, approximately these 8 months. Did the President lie or used to be it believable that he had honestly testified to no sexual courting? used to be the task look for Monica simply aid for a pal or a sinister technique of acquiring silence? whether all of the fees have been real, did impeachment persist with or was once censure adequate? And what are the lasting repercussions at the workplace of the Presidency? Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency within the Age of Political Spectacle takes a multi-disciplinary method of examine the Clinton impeachment from political views around the spectrum. The authors try to tease out the meanings of the scandal from the vantage aspect of legislations, faith, public opinion, and politics, either public and private. additional, the impeachment itself is positioned largely in the modern American liberal nation and mined for the contradictory probabilities for reconciliation it finds in our tradition. members: David T. Canon, John Cooper, Drucilla Cornell, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Robert W. Gordon, Lawrence Joseph, Leonard V. Kaplan, David Kennedy, Kenneth R. Mayer, Beverly I. Moran, Father Richard John Neuhaus, David Novak, Linda Denise Oakley, Elizabeth Rapaport, Lawrence Rosen, Eric Rothstein, Aviam Soifer, Lawrence M. Solan, Cass R. Sunstein, Stephen Toulmin, Leon Trakman, Frank Tuerkheimer, Mark V. Tushnet, Andrew D. Weiner, Robin L. West.

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Often, for example, members of the Christian right, or of feminist organizations, will move in extreme directions, largely because their conversations tend to be internal, with like-minded people talking to one another. These are the right conditions for group polarization. Indeed, group polarization has generally been studied under laboratory conditions, with one-shot activities. In real life, what we may call “polarization games” A Case Study in Group Polarization (with Warnings for the Future) 21 are repeated, usually quite frequently.

At the close of the century, feminists have a share of power and influence we lacked thirty years ago, and like any other constituency we make political accommodations. And, as with other constituencies, we can hurt as well as help ourselves by so doing. Politics does make strange bedfellows. To cite a striking but hardly unique example, the black voters of Alabama embraced George Wallace, contrite, and willing to work with them and for them, when he sought to reenter Alabama politics; this was despite his civil rights era history in Alabama and his racist bid for the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency in 1968.

The strengths include a preparedness to challenge received social forms on the basis of certain strong commitments to human liberty or equality, however flawed the understanding of these may be. The weaknesses have become ever more visible to us over time—a naive teleology of 38 j e a n b e t h k e e l s h ta i n progress, the “sanitization” of liberty from power, a rigid separation of reason from other possible sources of human illumination and knowledge, including “the passions,” a deepening of the public-private split, a subsumption of the most vital areas of human existence for most people—work, family, and religion—into the private, thus giving these areas no legitimate political role unless or until political issues emerged that might transform concerns that arise from these spheres into grist for the public mill.

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