Academic journal article et Cetera

Big Babies

Academic journal article et Cetera

Big Babies

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Michael Kinsley. Big Babies. New York: William Morrow, 1995.

Michael Kinsley believes that, "Although various procedural explanations are available to explain why" the results of democracy leave most voters noisily dissatisfied (specialinterest gridlock, constitutional defects of the separation of powers, etc.), at bottom the citizens as individuals are to blame for American democracy's current discontents. They make flagrantly incompatible demands - cut my taxes, preserve my benefits, balance the budget - then explode in selfrighteous outrage when the politicians fail to deliver. They demand "change," but really want everything to stay exactly the same. Their attention wanders from issue to issue, with duration of interest seemingly in inverse relation to its intensity. They are, in short, big babies.

Kinsley's annoyance at the whining of the citizenry is the theme that informs the 113 essays that makeup his latest book. The pieces have appeared over the past decade in The New Republic, Time, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. In addition to conveying Kinsley's big-baby critiques, the essays cover a wide variety of topics including serious policy issues, presidential politics, the culture of Washington, the foibles of the media, and "outside the Beltway" phenomena such as movies, television, and book publishing. …

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