I started writing a book entitled The Slug and the Skeleton. It's an analysis of political economy from a new perspective. I have written little so far, but I thought I'd share the opening paragraph:
The United States is home to varying economic and political ideologies and beliefs, but two mainstream factions dominate political economic thought: Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative, Democrat and Republican. Whatever terminology we use, you know who I’m talking about, which politicians I’m referencing, what sort of extremists exist on each side. Sometimes we find great chasms between left and right policies, and even when we don’t, we all know that deep down the politicians wish the policy were more extreme. I will not address the social/religious issues of partisanship and ideology in this book, but in political economy the great divider, the cause of anger and hatred and distrust and utterly false Facebook posts is based on goals. If the people and politicians of the US had the same goals, certainly we’d find a centrist distribution of ideology, but the divided and non-cooperative nature of political workings in the US are founded upon a differing opinion of what our government, our nation, our people are to accomplish.