Erica Etelson

Erica Etelson is a member of Braver Angels and author of the book, Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide (New Society Publishers.)

Polarization and Alienation: The Natural Result of Going Against Our Nature

Because I wrote a book about talking across lines of difference, I’m often asked why polarization has reached such an extreme. I can recite a list of the usual suspects—the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and subsequent fragmentation of media into overheated niches; geographical sorting; the elevation of morality-infused issues like abortion and …

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Mistakes were Made, But Not By Me: A Look at Some Common Cognitive Errors

When I started researching the different types of cognitive errors to which we fallible humans are susceptible, I had a hypothesis: Blues don’t make cognitive errors. Reds do. Oh, the irony. My presumption that my team of liberal and progressive Blues is free of cognitive bias was itself a trifecta of conformity, availability and confirmation …

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Dispatch: One Year After the Kavanaugh Hearings

A year ago today, Christine Blasey Ford went public with a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I can’t recall in my lifetime a controversy steeped in such bitter divisiveness. It felt like the nation underwent a collective root canal on a very raw nerve. Whether one believed Ford or Kavanaugh was …

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