US shutdown a reminder of good things government does

Over half a century ago, researchers Lloyd Free and Hadley Cantril identified a paradox in American public opinion that largely holds true today.

Most Americans, they argued, were "ideologically conservative" but "operationally liberal" when it came to their beliefs about government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'US shutdown a reminder of good things govt does'. Print Edition | Subscribe