By Beverly Moran
With the threat of prosecution after his time period is over and the potential of disbarment in Arkansas striking over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the occasions that experience it convey no signal of abating. The query has develop into what to do, and the way to imagine, approximately these 8 months. Did the President lie or was once it believable that he had honestly testified to no sexual courting? was once the activity look for Monica simply support 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 study 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 legislation, faith, public opinion, and politics, either public and private. extra, the impeachment itself is located generally in the modern American liberal kingdom and mined for the contradictory probabilities for reconciliation it unearths in our tradition. individuals: 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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It is here that movement toward extreme positions, and misunderstanding of what opponents actually do and think, are especially likely. Of course nothing I have said here demonstrates that group polarization moves people in bad directions. We can imagine many contexts in which it is entirely appropriate for people to end up with a stronger version of their initial position; perhaps discussion clarifies matters, and perhaps the argument pool, limited though it inevitably is, makes people see things in a clearer light.
But nothing in the mechanisms that underlie polarization makes this inevitable. The most serious problems are likely to arise when deliberating groups, insulated from one another, polarize to more extreme positions partly because of their very insulation. In these circumstances, large groups—with initial tendencies that are different but not so very different—can shift in opposite extreme directions, with little understanding of how they have ended up in such different positions. It is in this setting that group polarization carries a risk of balkanization, confusion, and even violence.
Sunstein even reasonable to think that polarization is likely to be more serious among the latter rather than the former. We can imagine a society—and it is not so far from our own—in which Republicans speak mostly with each other, at least about the issue of whether President Clinton should be impeached; we can imagine a society in which, on the same issue, Democrats speak mostly with one another too. If this is the situation, polarization should occur within political camps. Republicans will veer toward a proimpeachment position; Democrats will veer toward an anti-impeachment one.
Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle by Beverly Moran