This Week in Polarization

Columns about polarization and depolarization written by Greg Munford

Exhaustion

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.

The Rhetoric of Political Violence Exploded

A core level of trust in the decency, sincerity and virtue our fellow citizens, no matter how deeply we dislike and disagree with them, is one of the foundational necessities of a free, democratic society.

Blood-letting

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.

All About Brett Kavanaugh

As the legislative branch has slowly ceded more and more power to the judicial branch, the highest court in the land has increasingly become a political battleground.

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.

Likeability

A term popping up in the pundit chatter that is conspicuous in its refreshing banality: “Likeability.”

It’s About Power

Polarization cuts across party lines because polarization is not about ideology, it’s about power.

Narrowing the Focus

Instead of taking the broad view and looking at blue and red headlines across many sources, I thought it would be fun to narrow the focus.

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.

Civility vs. Incivility

Civility is the language of resolving disagreement in a free society, much as the process of law is the language of seeking justice in a fair society.

The Techniques of Polarization

As we were supposed to be celebrating the birthday of our nation, all the techniques of polarization that undermine the democratic process were there in shameful abundance.

Clear Patterns

Looking over the June highlights, certain patterns may not be obvious, but are actually clear.

Reflection on Divisions

As we reflect on the 50TH anniversary of the murder of Robert Kennedy, and remember the terrible divisions in our country of that time, the poem so often quoted back then, Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” seems chillingly appropriate today.

From the Federalist Papers to This

We “learn” how the left has lost is mind, Republicans are sadists, Democrat officeholders are prone to sexual abuse, libertarians are self-indulgent hypocrites and so much more.