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Political Polarization

Are We as a Culture on a Mean Streak? Do We Reason Just To Win?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Critical argument in the U.S. media is no longer about seeking truth to correct or sustain our formative values; rather it is about winning so that others might lose. How do we find a way back?

Divided America? Not at This Farmers Market

David Dagan | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
David Dagan

Broad Street has the usual attractions of a good farmers market. But it also enables a level of mingling that is rare for Central Pennsylvania, and the nation at large.

Roll Over, Karl Marx

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Marx was half right. Unfettered capitalism has promoted class polarization in the US. But it's far from inevitable that this will produce class conflict, revolution, and a new social order. American workers are too weak and disorganized.

What Today's Politicians Can Learn From Jefferson And Adams

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams loved their country too much to settle for simplistic either/or debates. They believed we deserved better than that. I think we still do.

Global Protests, Tragedy in Arizona, and a Defense of Political Polarization?

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

As long as it does not result in violence, as it did with Representative Giffords, I would rather have free speech and some degree of polarized politics than be fighting on the streets for a basic right that some of us might take for granted.

Jungian Analyst Explains The Psychology Of Political Polarization

Pythia Peay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

Here we are, this great country with all our emphasis on the individual, and yet we fail the individual?

Blind Anger: Homage to Two Visionaries From Detroit

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

His death struck a rather deep resonant chord within me, and brought me back to my life growing up in Northwest Detroit in the 1970s.

Partisans Like Us: How History Polarized Our Politics

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Becker

I was bothered by Krugman's reliance on what has become the political left's go-to explanation for the perceived increase in Washington's partisan polarization over the past few decades.

The Ugly American Is Back

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

Free speech needs its own discipline, however enforced. The best rebuttal of the politics of hate is a torrent of love, and if not love then at least of facts.

Let the 2012 Presidential Race Begin!

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Our country has the intellectual power to lead. Substantive intellectual, thoughtful, conversational dialogues surrounding issues would be a good way to start. Start the engines.

Are We Bound for a Political Explosion?

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

From 2006-2008, I studied political polarization in great detail at the University of Pennsylvania. My final research project can be found online here...

How To Avoid Polarizing Others

Thomas Moore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

We live in a dangerously polarized country, and we could all avoid being coerced into divided camps. You can resist being polarized, but you have to be alert and creative.

Reading the Daily Me

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has written an excellent column, "The Daily Me." I encourage you all to read it here:

Revive the Articles of Confederation

Robert A. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert A. Levine

Thankfully, this proposal from my friend, Whistler (short for Whistleblower) lacks the paranoid features of his last two communications ("A Vast Left...

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Eliot Spitzer and CNN

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helfenbein

CNN may go back to its old ways in order to survive in an era of polarized politics. Bringing on Governor Eliot may just be what begins to bring them back, just as this show will likely bring Governor Eliot Spitzer back too.

Religion: Nothing More Than Politics in Drag

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Religion has become the art of fancy proof texting, liberal or conservative politics in drag, adding little or no value to the public discourse, hardening people's preexisting political beliefs and fueling their sense of outrage against anyone with whom they disagree.

The Collapse of Competitiveness Policy?

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Teryn Norris

Last week, the flagship federal legislation for U.S. competitiveness containing broad support for science, technology, and advanced education - called...

70% Say Country "Dangerously Divided" by Health Care Debate

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Our latest survey, taken immediately after the House passed health care, found 70% said the country has become "dangerously divided" by the debate, and 16% believe these feelings will quickly fade.

The Tyranny of the Polarized: There's No More Us in the U.S.

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Alderman

Whether you're a Tea Partier, civil libber, or anything in-between, the role of government is not the issue. Our real problem is us, or lack of us -- the tyranny of the polarized.

Evan Bayh Packs It In

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Bayh's decision to pack it in, after 12 years, is a loss to his party, and even more to his country. Most of all, it's a withering rebuke to Congress, which seems to have lost the knack for governing.

Raising Hell -- Isn't That What Patriots Do?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We're at a very crucial crossroads in American history. We have to be well-informed, not only about current events but well-versed in the basics of our rights and duties as citizens.

Polarizing Politics: The Problem Is In Our Heads (the very worst place it could be)

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

We're all familiar with polarizing politics: Splitting complex issues into polar opposite views so that we, the attention-deficit disordered American...

Why Growing Income Inequality Is Bad for America

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The CEO of the average company in the S&P Index makes $10.5 million. That means that on the first workday of the year, he (sometimes she) has made more than the minimum wage workers in his company will make all year.

Medical Alert: We Need a Cure for Bad Faith

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The Republicans who oppose health care reform aren't so much a dissenting minority as a faction that wants to destroy the Democrats. This is bad faith in action.

Democracy 3.0

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

We -- The People -- need a radical upgrade in the way we practice democracy.