This Week in Polarization

Columns about polarization and depolarization written by Greg Munford


For an exhilarating few days of breathless finger pointing, “the smirk” captured even more of the polarizer’s angry attention than “the shutdown.”

An Emerging Bright Side

The infantile faceoffs that make up the daily news is causing some to stop and actually think about not just what their opponents are saying, but what they themselves are saying.


This week shows signs on exhaustion—perhaps even a hint of desperation—on the jousting field of polarization.

The Elections

As the election results came in and the pundits chimed in, the partisan rancor felt, to me, less rather than more offensive.

This Week in Polarization: David Brooks’ View

This week… David Brooks (see below) painted a dim view of the state of the electorate, saying that we are as divided as ever. That “very little has changed over the past two years…everybody’s political positions are more dug in….the Venn diagram is dead. There’s no overlapping area.” I think he’s both right and wrong. …

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With the Kavanaugh scream-fest behind us, it’s back to everyday blood-letting. And without a tacitly-agreed theme, the polarizers have to stretch.

America’s Anger Paradox

Elissa Slotkin, a candidate for Congress, assumed voters would be most interested in her position on the issues. What she discovered was that they are even more interested in finding a way to return to civility in politics.

How to Respond Effectively

Instead of comparing examples of polarization, we’ll look at an article by New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renki that addresses one of the trickier problems of polarization.