The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides (Hardcover)

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"It changed the way I look at the world." --Russ Roberts, host of EconTalkWhen it was first released in 2013, Arnold Kling's The Three Languages of Politics was a prescient exploration of political communication, detailing the "three tribal coalitions" that make up America's political landscape. Progressives, conservatives, and libertarians, he argued, are "like tribes speaking different languages. As a result, political discussions do not lead to agreement. Instead, most political commentary serves to increase polarization."Now available in its 3rd edition, with new commentary on political psychology and communication in the Trump era, Kling's book could not be any more timely, as Americans--whether as media pundits or conversing at a party--talk past one another with even greater volume, heat, and disinterest in contrary opinions. The Three Languages of Politics is an accessible, precise, and insightful guide to how to lower the barriers coarsening our politics. This is not a book about one ideology over another. Instead, it is a book about how we communicate issues and our ideologies, and how language intended to persuade instead divides. Kling offers a way to see through our rhetorical blinders so that we can incorporate new perspectives, nuances, and thinking into the important issues we must together share and resolve.

About the Author

Arnold Kling received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1980. He is the author of several books, including Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care. He writes a monthly column for the Library of Economics and Liberty. Find him online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781948647427
ISBN-10: 1948647427
Publisher: Cato Institute
Publication Date: June 19th, 2019
Pages: 150
Language: English