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Political Polarization

I'm Going To Stop Dissing Donald Trump. Here's Why.

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I decided to stop dissing Donald Trump. I would give him a chance. I'd keep an open mind.

Next Door Radical

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Nikolas Katsimpras

Evil is a process and the very first yards of the slippery slope leading to it are paved with thoughtlessness and misguided confidence. This slope has a name, it is called radicalization.

Moments of Wholeness

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 11.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

We face overwhelming problems that affect the entire global community; yet we are becoming increasingly alienated and at odds with each other. It's no...

Trumpism and the Bigotry of the Antagonists to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 11.09.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Waking this day post election to the ascending era of Trump in national politics is unfortunately familiar territory for those of us in integrative he...

The Polarization Epidemic

Christopher Meyer | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Christopher Meyer

Terrific NYT infographic -- the colored counties are those whose presidential votes were "landslides" i.e. the winner 20 percent or more above the los...

The Presidential Paradox: Winning In 2016 Means Losing In 2020

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Whichever party wins the White House in 2016 could find itself unable to make good on its vision and promises, reaping a whirlwind of difficulties instead.

Worlds Apart: Maintaining Personal Relationships As Political Opposites

Derek Flood | Posted 10.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Derek Flood

This election cycle has been characterized by an unprecedented amount of polarizing discourse and outright hostility. There are strong feelings of ala...

Farm to 'Put a Fork in It': Why We Can't Afford to Polarize the Next Farm Bill

Roger Johnson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Roger Johnson

As a third-generation farmer, I understand that farm to fork is more than just a catch phrase. Food is what connects consumers to farmers and ranchers...

Starving The Beast: Trump, Taxes And The Politics Of Unanticipated Consequences

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Both major political parties in America are shepherding crafty plans to benefit their side at the expense of the other. What neither side sees is that in trying to kill off the other, their protracted and intense internecine warfare is moving the country away from the shared public good.

Disagreeing Agreeably: Dedicating Ourselves to Productive Dialog

Frederick M. Lawrence | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Frederick M. Lawrence

"Has it always been like this?" That was the question I was asked not quite three years ago, in the midst of the two-week shutdown of the federal government, by a student on my campus. In the years since then, the level of incivility in our political life, as evidenced by the current Presidential campaign, has only gotten worse. I sought to reassure my student, and to do so not with platitudes but with examples. I chose two.

Political Conversations: Start with the Living Room and One Day It Can Perhaps Move to the Dinner Table?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Veronica Chin I always considered myself a pacifist, or at least not an agitator. But thanks to a Living Room Conversation I participated in a few...

Partisanship, Polarization and the Future of American Politics

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.04.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America. By James E. Campbell. Princeton University Press. 313 pp. $29.95. The political parties ...

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

Thank You from a Gay Guy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

This week has been rough for those of us in the LGBTQ community. First, the horrific murders in Orlando hit like a ton of bricks on Sunday morning. ...

America's Ghost Dance with Trump

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Dave Pruett

In watching aghast the incomprehensible ascendancy of Donald Trump, I am struck with a sense of déjà vu. Where else have I heard of a people, drowning in despair, who clutch for a life raft of false promises? And then it comes back to me.

The polarization we have is not the polarization we want

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Harvest time is here, and we are reaping exactly what we have sown as body politic: division, derision, a country more polarized than it's been in dec...

Fractured Narratives & Common Goals in Israel/Palestine

Julie Gray | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Julie Gray

When I grew up in America, you were either a Democrat or a Republican. Over the course of my life that has come to include more pinpointed terms like ...

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Listen: How to Trump Trump and Make America Greater Than Ever

Kai Degner | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Kai Degner

This is mostly a letter to my kids or grandkids. I don't have kids or grandkids, and am not married. So I don't know exactly to whom I'm writing yet.

A Supreme Gamble

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

One may regret that the Supreme Court has become a politicized institution but such strategic calculations do not come out of nowhere -- they reflect the growing ideological divide nationwide.

Grumpy Old Men: Why Trump and Sanders Resonate with Voters

Matthew Ogbeifun | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Matthew Ogbeifun

It's not a stretch to say the landscape of American politics has changed, with a direct correlation to the current state of affairs in America. In a post-industrial capitalist society, Americans of all creed and color are experiencing an overall decline in quality of life.

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

The Complex Implications of Policy Puffins on the Public's Welfare

Hippo Reads | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Hippo Reads

At its simplest denominator, a citizen is by principle afforded the right of being included in a group's decisions. But there is a special place for those who serve as policymakers and policy experts. But I offer the point in my book that "sometimes the rules are not made by the public required to follow them."

Political Polarization: Iowa Edition

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Anyone watching the Republican and Democratic presidential debates would be excused for thinking that there are indeed two different countries called "America," a Republican America and a Democratic America.

Whatever Happened to the Famous American Ability to Say "Nuts" to Charlatans, Crazies, and Fear-Mongers?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Shortly after the onset of the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's hardest-fought campaigns, with the Americans surrounded by German troops, when the American commander General Anthony McAuliffe was given the enemy's ultimatum to surrender or face annihilation, he famously replied: "NUTS!"