This week…same as last week. And the week before. And the week before. The goal of exciting bases, pointing fingers and characterizing the “other” take precedence over finding common ground, resolving differences and finding solutions.
This week…in a sobering reminder of the very real costs of the dysfunction of polarization, we bury a few more men, women and children as our ”leaders” go about exciting their bases and pointing fingers rather than resolving differences and finding solutions.
In today’s polarized environment, arguing about celebrating our nation’s independence — a time when we usually pull together — seems normal.
Who could have predicted the National Inquirer would become our nation’s model for political discourse?
Burning the (other guy’s) house down is tempting. But fire is not so easy to contain.
If you see polarization as the gateway drug to authoritarianism, you don’t have to look hard to be worried.
This week offers a wonderful textbook case for one of the favorite technique of polarization: Instead of arguing the pros or cons of a controversial issue with the goal of working toward resolution, cynically use—indeed, supercharge— that issue to bash the other side.
It looks like it will be quite a contest . . . for who can stoop the lowest.
Was it because it was the Easter/Passover week of hope and renewal? Or maybe the pent up pop of the release of the Mueller report?
This week…we learned that “they” support hate…accept pedophilia…are attacking a life saving program…are responsible for the college admissions scandal…suck up to Big Pharma…are trying to miscarry justice…are a warped version
There is a sometimes subtle but important difference between inciting and informing, persuading and enflaming, convincing and stoking.
This week . . . April may not prove to be the cruelest month. But I’m sure it won’t be for lack of trying.
While the right is brimming with accusations of “the left,” the left tends to point more and more not to ”the right,” but to specific individuals on the right.
This week seems like a good moment to untangle a common confusion the undercuts the efforts to depolarize our politics: The confusion between civility and neutrality.
This week . . . with President Trump’s declaration of emergency it got serious.
Hope that as the Presidential election season gains steam, the variety of candidates and complexity of issues will actually begin to move the debate to realistic discussion.
Perhaps some other tactics will be explored.