In the eve of the US election result in which Senator John Kerry lost to George Bush in 2004, Jonathan Raban wrote the following in his essay America’s Reality Check:

“More than any other election in recent history, this one has become a referendum on what it means to be American, and half of the country detests the idea of living in the other half’s America.”

Prophetic words, and ones that define our political landscape. Raban was referring to the battle between evidence and ideology…(Read more on Sociological Imagination).