This week the polarizing technique of accusing the other side of hypocrisy and lying, rather than arguing against the substance of what they want to accomplish seemed to dominate.
This Week in Polarization
Columns about polarization and depolarization written by Greg Munford
This week it seems like a good time, for obvious reasons, to recall some of James Madison’s renowned Federalist #10 warnings about the danger to freedom of factions.
This week seems like a good moment to untangle a common confusion the undercuts the efforts to depolarize our politics: The confusion between civility and neutrality.
Rational, focused disagreements over serious issues seems like a distant dream. Perhaps it’s time for a campaign to Make American Adult Again.
This week . . . with President Trump’s declaration of emergency it got serious.
Hope that as the Presidential election season gains steam, the variety of candidates and complexity of issues will actually begin to move the debate to realistic discussion.
Thank goodness there are no real problems, issues, threats, worries facing our nation. Otherwise the emptiness of the current political debate would be really something to worry about.
For an exhilarating few days of breathless finger pointing, “the smirk” captured even more of the polarizer’s angry attention than “the shutdown.”
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.
Perhaps some other tactics will be explored.
This week shows signs on exhaustion—perhaps even a hint of desperation—on the jousting field of polarization.
I’d like to look at how to fight against, rather than just observe, polarization.
The accusation of “liars” was hurled from both sides…which means that lying is still considered an insult in both camps!
I guess even hate takes a holiday now and then.
As the election results came in and the pundits chimed in, the partisan rancor felt, to me, less rather than more offensive.
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. …
“We are as divided as ever.”
This week we mourne.
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.
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.
But while it’s easy to celebrate the power of polarization when your side wins, it’s worth remembering the cost, which is freedom.
The “he said/she said” dueling testimony of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh poured even more fuel into our already raging polarization fire.
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.
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.
A term popping up in the pundit chatter that is conspicuous in its refreshing banality: “Likeability.”
Polarization cuts across party lines because polarization is not about ideology, it’s about power.
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.
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.
Can the language of reasonable, respectful, even if passionate, disagreement find a place in this environment?
The rhetoric of polarization (incredibly!) heated up even more.