Jan 29, 2020
In his new
Ezra Klein argues that polarization in
America has become centered on partisan political identities, which
has subsumed virtually every form of identity, be it where we live,
what team we root for, the church we attend, or any other. This
stacked form of polarization thus carries much more weight and is
activated by a wider range of conflicts than
But is polarization really such a
If it’s all merged
into one form of
identity politics then
aren’t we just polarizing more efficiently?
Over what percentage of GDP are we more
polarized today versus in the past?
Tyler posed these questions to Ezra
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