When it comes to his phrase “American carnage,” Donald Trump hit on something dark and deeply disturbing, but also something important and true.
Growing up in the United States of America—a nation defined in many minds by its fraught racial history—and observing public life at a time when racial sensitivities are constantly prodded and enflamed, it is easy to think that there is no greater sin in the world than racism.
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Better Angels co-founder Bill Doherty and national leader John Wood, Jr. spoke with educator Drew Perkins of The Teach Thought Podcast about the relationship between critical thinking, depolarization, and challenges in academia, bringing unique insight to tough questions.
Depolarization, as we at Better Angels see it, is not so much about reducing partisanship or increasing moderation, as it is about re-building social ties and relationships across partisan divides, and reducing individuals’ sense of disgust for people of opposing political opinions.
American politics has grown increasingly polarized over the past 20 years, degenerating after the 2016 election and in the Trump Presidency into all-out partisan warfare. Observing from the sidelines, a significant portion of the voting public has begun to sense a real danger in this fracturing of partisan politics, and are searching for solutions.
John Wood, Jr. talks with author Robin Koerner about the political divide in America, and what we can do to heal it.
Average Joe turned political celebrity Ken Bone joins John and Ciaran to talk about his wild ride to fame following his celebrated appearance at the second 2016 Trump vs. Clinton presidential debate, and to share his insights into the problem of political polarization and how we can overcome it.
The hearings on William Barr’s confirmation for U.S. Attorney General were conducted with the mature civility one would expect from a deliberative body of responsible adults.
Fox News // Over the course of their adolescence and early adult life, they’ve watched our political culture descend into tribalism, rancor, and partisan warfare.
Among the many, many collateral damages caused by our current hyper-partisanship and political dysfunction, killing the notion of public service in the next generation will inflict the most lasting damage to our democracy.
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the better angels of our nature.”
The Federalist // ‘We’ve reached that point where we view people on the other side of the political divide not only as misguided, but as threats.’
State of the Union 2019: We’re so divided we see others who don’t agree with us as bad — Here’s our solution
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
A little walk in the woods in America’s National Parks could help remind us what we’re here for.
The accusation of “liars” was hurled from both sides…which means that lying is still considered an insult in both camps!
Sound politics used to be about wedding empathy and patriotism. We may want to start doing that again.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.