Why We're Polarized
  • Why We're Polarized
  • Why We're Polarized
ISBN: 1476700362
EAN13: 9781476700366
Language: English
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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This New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller shows us that America's political system isn't broken. The truth is scarier: it's working exactly as designed. In this superbly researched (The Washington Post) and timely book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us--and how we are polarizing it--with disastrous results.

The American political system--which includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president--is full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face, writes political analyst Ezra Klein. We are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole.

A thoughtful, clear and persuasive analysis (The New York Times Book Review), Why We're Polarized reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America's descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump's rise to the Democratic Party's leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.

America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan Read More chevron_right

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