June 19, 2017

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, published commentary in the National Catholic Register about political polarization.


The shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, earlier this week has provoked another wave of concern over political polarization in the United States.

The theme is now a familiar one: It used to be that people who disagreed, even intensely, about politics could still be friends; certainly they didn’t hate one another. Members of Congress once ended days of partisan wrangling over bourbon and maybe even deal-making. Now members end the day by retiring to the green rooms of their respective favorite cable networks to continue their rancor into the night, and when they return to their districts, they face insults from constituents who didn’t vote for them and, now, even the threat of violence.

Under such circumstances, compromise, much less actual fellowship, are increasingly rare, and the polarization process feeds on itself and intensifies. How did this happen? ...

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