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. … Continue reading Jonathan Haidt explains America’s out-of-control polarization
Summary: There is a secret to US politics that explains the white-hot rhetoric that now dominates it. If many Americans saw this, the political system would change. Hopefully for the better. There are three hundred thousand entries on Google for “political polarization”, mostly whining about its awfulness and pining for the bipartisanship of the days of yore. … Continue reading The secret reason for America’s white-hot political rhetoric
Summary: Slowly scientists' investigations produce insights about the psychological and social dynamics that create our dysfunctional politics. Here is a new study about one of drivers of political polarization, that which keeps us divided (despite our common interests), ignorant (despite the internet), and easily ruled. The specific subject is one of the central political issues … Continue reading A new study shows why we are polarized about climate change
Summary: Campaign 2016 has achieved what many thought impossible, unifying America's ruling class -- behind Hillary Clinton. If Clinton manages this skillfully, it will mark the end of political polarization among our elites and begin a new era of bipartisanship (while America's citizens remain weak and fragmented). The effects could be huge. She and the Democrats … Continue reading Campaign 2016: America passes into new hands
Summary: As Congress debates the TPP and USA Freedom Act, it's become fashionable to complain about political polarization and gridlock. Yet we see in these debates how both parties often cooperate to advance the interests of the 1% and the Deep State. Congress and our Presidents take a thousand steps, seemingly unrelated, adding up to … Continue reading Lessons from the TPP: no political polarization for interests of the 1%!