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Why Were Polarized Discover How American Politics Became A Toxic System, Why We Participate In It, And What It Means For Our Future From Journalist, Political Commentator, And Cofounder Of Vox, Ezra KleinAfter Election Day , Both Supporters And Opponents Of The Soon To Be President Hailed His Victory As A Historically Unprecedented Event Most Americans Could Agree That No Candidate Like Donald Trump Had Ever Been Elected President Before But Political Journalist Ezra Klein Makes The Case That The Election Wasn T Surprising At All In Fact, Trump S Electoral Victory Followed The Exact Same Template As Previous Elections, By Capturing A Nearly Identical Percentage Of Voter Demographics As Previous Republican CandidatesOver The Past Years In America, Our Partisan Identities Have Merged With Our Racial, Religious, Geographic, Ideological, And Cultural Identities Those Merged Identities Have Attained A Weight That Is Breaking Much In Our Politics And Tearing At The Bonds That Hold This Country TogetherIn This Groundbreaking Book, Klein Shows How And Why American Politics Polarized Around Identity In The Th Century, And What That Polarization Did To The Way We See The World And Each Other And He Traces The Feedback Loops Between Our Polarized Political Identities And Our Polarized Political Institutions That Are Driving Our Political System Towards CrisisNeither A Polemic Nor A Lament, Klein Offers A Clear Framework For Understanding Everything From Trump S Rise To The Democratic Party S Leftward Shift To The Politicization Of Everyday Culture A Revelatory Book That Will Change How You Look At Politics, And Perhaps At Yourself

10 thoughts on “Why Were Polarized

  1. David Wineberg David Wineberg says:

    Politics uses us for its own endsThere are endless shelves of books on what has happened to politics in the USA, culminating in the rule of Trump Most of them hit on polarization sooner or later Ezra Klein s book totally focuses on it, but in ways that are engaging, relatable and releva

  2. Michael Michael says:

    Why We re Polarized sets out to succinctly break down why American politics has become so dysfunctional over the past forty years The book begins by offering an oversimplified account of the fall of the New Deal coalition in the 1960s, then pivots to arguing that the subsequent pa

  3. Dee Arr Dee Arr says:

    What began as a mostly balanced examination of why Americans are polarized transformed into multiple attacks on everything on the Right It was almost as if two books had been written.In the first half, author Ezra Klein seemed to try hard to be fair in his analysis, although from time to t

  4. Raymond Raymond says:

    I ve been waiting for this book ever since Ezra Klein first mentioned he was working on it during one of his podcast episodes As the title explains, Klein s book tells the story of how and why the United States is currently a polarized nation Klein defines polarization as the phenomenon whe

  5. Mehrsa Mehrsa says:

    I really like Ezra Klein he s a really smart and generous guy This book is calm and it s insightful and it really points to some of the troubling polarizations of our era And in explaining them, he doesn t point fingers and the obvious culprits, but roots his analysis in human nature and lar

  6. Jason Furman Jason Furman says:

    The mere existence of Ezra Klein s outstanding and compulsively readable account of the rise and consequences of polarization is a paradox Klein creatively synthesizes a wide range of social science literature, mostly from political science and social psychology, combing it with his own exten

  7. Radiantflux Radiantflux says:

    12th book for 2020.Ezra Klein s new book offers a fascinating deep dive into the reasons for America s increasingly polarized political discourse According to Klein, polarization in American politics is hardly new and in and of itself not something that should necessarily be lamented Klein pos

  8. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    Ezra Klein surveys quite a bit of political science and political psychology literature to explain the partisan polarization of the past fifty years The key is identity not identity in terms of specific marginal groups that is the usual focus but identity, in general, it s an integral part of e

  9. Whitney Milam Whitney Milam says:

    Finished this book a week ago and am still thinking about the convincing case it makes I don t agree with Ezra Klein on everything, but I agreed with his conclusions and appreciated his thoughtful, meticulous approach to answering the titular question The rationale behind the current state of th

  10. Sheri Sheri says:

    So I decided last March that I was going to go back to grad school after having been out since 2005 When I met with my former adviser and asked for tips on who what where I should be paying attention as I started to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, she suggested three podcasts One of

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