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Political polarization in America

Jonathan Haidt explains America’s out-of-control polarization

Summary: Political polarization is rising in America. While a familiar problem, this time it is causing unusually severe difficulties. This could have ugly consequences if it continues to grow worse. Here Professor Haidt discusses its causes and effects. Excerpt from “The Age Of Outrage“ By Jonathan Haidt, Professor Of Ethical Leadership, NYU School Of Business. …

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Left and Right use race as a way to divide America

Summary: Once again the tide of factionalism threaten to wash over America. Again race is the divider — given a new lease on life by the GOP’s great betrayal of its principles in the 1960s, a bomb now detonating as the Democrats’ abandon their long goal of a color-blind society in favor of a race-based …

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A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP

Summary: This is the fourth in this series about the new politics now emerging in America, in some ways different than anything in our long history. Here we look at the new GOP and its shock troops, the Tea Party Movement. When reading the many articles describing it as crazy, ignorant, and doomed — remember that …

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Let’s learn from this inevitable crisis, which results from flaws in our system

Summary: While the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis probably ends in days or a few weeks, the lessons we learn from it can help us better manage the similar crises that lie ahead. Failure to learn and respond to these might have ugly consequences during the next decade. Today we look at one of the two vital lessons. …

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