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By Mark D. Brewer,Jeffrey M. Stonecash

modern American politics is very polarized, and it's more and more transparent that this polarization exists at either the elite and mass degrees. what's much less transparent is the resource of this polarization. Social concerns are often provided via a few because the driving force of polarization, whereas others element to financial inequality and sophistication divisions. nonetheless others unmarried out divisions surrounding race and ethnicity, or gender, or faith because the underlying resource of the deep political divide that at the moment exists within the usa. All of those phenomena are certainly hugely correct in American politics, and it's also past query that they symbolize major cleavages in the American polity. We argue, notwithstanding, that confrontation over a way more primary topic lies on the beginning of the polarization that marks American politics within the early twenty first century. That topic is own accountability. a few americans fervently think that an individual's lot in lifestyles is basically if no longer solely his or her personal accountability. chance is common in American society, and participants be successful or fail in keeping with their very own skills and efforts. Society tremendously advantages from such an association, and as such executive regulations may still help and gift person initiative and accountability. different american citizens see own responsibility-while tremendous in theory-as an unjust organizing precept for modern American society. For those american citizens, good fortune or failure in existence is much too frequently now not the results of own attempt yet of huge forces way past the keep watch over of the person. chance isn't really common, and is in no way both to be had to all american citizens. In gentle of those simple evidence of yankee existence, it's the accountability of the country to step in and enforce guidelines that alleviate inequality and support those that fail by way of no fault in their personal. those simple modifications surrounding the belief of non-public accountability are what separate Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, in modern American politics.

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