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Rewiring Workplace Think: Combating Threats To Group Discussion

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 10.21.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

How often have you observed or participated in a discussion where individuals with opposite viewpoints present an idea or advocate a course of action,...

HUFFPOLLSTER: Republicans And Democrats Are Growing Even Further Apart

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

A new Pew report highlights how partisanship is changing. Our new Senate forecast underscores how crucial some downballot races will be. And the evide...

The WILDCATTERS’ Brief: America’s Always Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

Keith Gaddie | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The American public, we are told, is dissatisfied with the direction of the country. Hundreds of polls taken over the last several years show a consen...

Are People With Extreme Political Views Just Bored?

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.13.2016 | Science

The yawning ideological gap between Democrats and Republicans has been growing to the point that political polarization has been called “the definin...

HUFFPOLLSTER: Fear And Policy Disagreements Are Driving Polarization Among Americans

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

A new Pew report shows how divided Republicans and Democrats are. Most Americans favor a pathway to legal status for undocumented residents. And final...

Republicans And Democrats Hate Each Other More Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

Animosity between the two major parties in the U.S. is higher than it's been in more than two decades, a new report finds. Polarization in American po...

Don't Tell Or Believe A Single Story

Gustavo Payan | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Gustavo Payan

The political discourse of this year's presidential election is characterized by single stories. These single stories are dramatically changing group dynamics in the U.S. and abroad, widening gaps amongst already polarized communities and ethnicities.

What's Driving Polarization?

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

Over the last few years, the hyper polarization of American society has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly in the form of hand-wringing from journalists predicting the downfall of civility.

Clinton & Trump: The Growing Approval of Disapproval

Robert Hall | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Robert Hall

While the unexpected success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has garnered much attention, the bigger question is: How have voter disapproval and contempt translated into success for all four candidates? Is dislike the new political currency of politics?

Do We Need a Department of Happiness?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 04.20.2016 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

Our American character almost demands such a department. Happiness is even enshrined in the Declaration of Independence which entitles us to the pursuit of it. Clearly, the founders thought happiness was a big deal; on the same level as life and liberty.

Iowa: Eye of the Storm

Emma Weaver | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Emma Weaver

The most shocking discovery of my first six days in Des Moines was that Bernie Sanders, a Democrat, and Donald Trump, who is seeking the GOP nod, are the strongest Presidential candidates heading into the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

The Many Ways Journalists Are Complicit in Political Polarization

Jay Rosen | Posted 12.07.2016 | Media
Jay Rosen

I am not saying journalists are the ones we should blame for American's dysfunctional politics. But I do consider them active participants in the events that got us here.

3 Opportunities in a Polarized World

Mark Osler | Posted 10.21.2016 | Impact
Mark Osler

If we can meet those we disagree with on a neutral ground fraught with meaning, there is hope for reconciliation and joint action.

What Deborah Cox Asks Us All About Politics: How Did You Get Here?

Jarrett Hill | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Jarrett Hill

Deborah Cox's most iconic song from the late 90s asks a simple question to a love that she never saw coming: "How did you get here?"

The Deadly Polarities: Warming Up for 2016

Alan Jones | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Alan Jones

I wonder how many of us are caught between the Scylla of a vapid religiosity and a Charybdis of a self-satisfied atheism?

Break Down the Echo Chambers

William S. Becker | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

This is the second of two posts on the media's role in the national conversation about global climate change and clean energy. The first post can be f...

Jason Linkins

A Rare Success For No Labels Actually Makes Washington Dysfunction Worse | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

No Labels, a loosely organized collection of platitude wielders, hasn't achieved much in its short time on this Earth. At least as far as its stated p...

Speak Up and Give Back if You Want the Economy to Improve

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

No one is arguing for complete equality of income. Not even close. We celebrate the success of the One Percent, and rightly so. All we ask, especially in this time of giving, is for the compassion, the humility, the shared experience that existed only a few decades ago.

A Citizen's Plea

Terry Newell | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Most Americans, if we can trust the polls, think our country is on the wrong track. They also seem to think that someone else put us there. Washington knew better. If America is failing, it is because we are failing to be what he knew we should and could be.

Americans Are More Likely To Vote If They Hate The Other Party

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

The Americans most likely to vote in this year's midterms are also the most likely to be highly partisan and antipathetic toward their political rival...

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

America's Polarization Reaches New Peak

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are increasingly polarized, ideologically divided, and hostile toward those they disagree with, according to a wide-ranging Pew Research rep...

Stupid Rises, Nation Declines

Craig Giesecke | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

What's gotten us where we are is the rise of dumbassery. Basically, as voters, we've given our elected leaders pretty much an open road to Idiotville.

The Populist Moment

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Of all the myths that circulate in Washington, perhaps none is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a "moderate" nation.