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No established democracy in recent history has been as deeply polarized as the U.S. [View all]The Doom Spiral of Pernicious Polarization
The U.S. is more dangerously divided than any other wealthy democracy. Is there a way back from the brink?
By Yascha Mounk
Until a few decades ago, most Democrats did not hate Republicans, and most Republicans did not hate Democrats. Very few Americans thought the policies of the other side were a threat to the country or worried about their child marrying a spouse who belonged to a different political party.
All of that has changed. A 2016 survey found that 60 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of Republicans would now balk at their childs marrying a supporter of a different political party. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, the Pew Research Center reported that roughly nine out of 10 supporters of Joe Biden and of Donald Trump alike were convinced that a victory by their opponent would cause lasting harm to the United States.
As someone who lived in many countriesincluding Germany, Italy, France, and the United Kingdombefore coming to the United States, I have long had the sense that American levels of partisan animosity were exceptionally high. Although Id seen animosity between left and right in other nations, their hatred never felt so personal or intense as in the U.S.
A study just published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace confirms that impression. Drawing on the Variety of Democracies (V-Dem) data set, published by an independent research institute in Sweden that covers 202 countries and goes back more than two centuries, its authors assess to what degree each country suffers from pernicious levels of partisan polarization. Do their citizens have such hostile views of opponents that theyre willing to act in ways that put democracy itself at risk?
The authors conclusion is startling: No established democracy in recent history has been as deeply polarized as the U.S. For the United States, Jennifer McCoy, the lead author of the study and a political-science professor at Georgia State University, told me in an interview, I am very pessimistic.
On virtually every continent, supporters of rival political camps are more likely to interact in hostile ways than they did a few decades ago. According to the Carnegie study, us versus them polarization has been increasing since 2005. McCoy and her colleagues dont try to explain the causes, though the rise of social media is obviously a contributing factor.
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No established democracy in recent history has been as deeply polarized as the U.S. [View all] Demovictory9 May 2022 OP
The level of anger in the US is unreal. Lonestarblue May 2022 #1
I cannot compromise with racists, misogynists, xenophobia, climate change denial, class warfare, etc Skittles May 2022 #2
I agree. BoomaofBandM May 2022 #5
I was so tired of being told I needed to "understand" Trump voters Skittles May 2022 #7
+1, the history of minorities fairing well under dictatorships is not good. uponit7771 May 2022 #12
2005 is when the Bush Permanent Tax cuts began to steal everything bucolic_frolic May 2022 #3
That's what you get when you allow a bunch of lying mouthpieces on radio and tv to spew garbage mdbl May 2022 #4
The only thing I disagree with is that they are "unsuspecting". Ferrets are Cool May 2022 #10
I will agree that is the case right now mdbl May 2022 #15
THIS !!!! ☝🏾☝🏾☝🏾 uponit7771 May 2022 #13
This polarization can be laid at the feet of the GOTP. joshdawg May 2022 #6
The GOP has waged a psy-op war against Americans for decades. Irish_Dem May 2022 #8
"The GOP has waged a psy-op war against Americans for decades." Botany May 2022 #9
I think part of the issue when doing analysis with comparisons like this BumRushDaShow May 2022 #11