A Conservative Who Liberals Often Enjoyed and Respected: Justice Antonin Scalia

Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) was deeply conservative. Yet many liberals admired his intellect and his way with words. He was gregarious, and many liberals even considered him a great friend. Even with his biting opinions, he could make liberals think more deeply...
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A Liberal Who Conservatives Often Enjoyed and Respected: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This September, Americans of all political leanings grappled with the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away at the age of 87. Ginsburg, only the second female justice, spent 27 years on the nation’s high court amid numerous battles with cancer. Justice...
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Why Many on the Left Are Cutting off Trump Supporters

A View from the Left Editor's Note: This piece is from a writer rated Lean Left. Get all sides of this topic by reading another view: No, It's Not Okay to Make Lists of Political Dissidents With Joe Biden’s widely-accepted projected victory in the 2020 presidential election , many on the...
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Putting a “Lid” On Our Demands of the American Public: Let’s Focus on “Lower-Intensity Depolarization” (LID) Strategies

My previous article investigated the methods used by most groups focused on reducing political polarization. I argued they can be effective, but they usually ask for too much time and effort from the American public. Most Americans do not have the time or interest to engage deeply with...
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Post-Election Depolarization May Come from Surprising Places: An Initiative from Hollywood’s Captain America

Hollywood has long had a strongly liberal reputation. But as America looks to heal from a divisive election, opportunities for depolarization may come from surprising places, including Hollywood. A recent project spearheaded in part by Chris Evans, the star who plays Captain America, is...
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Trump vs. Biden on Unity and Polarization, Explained in 2 Minutes

Since 2012, more Americans have identified a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January, 91 percent of participants said conflicts between the party coalitions are either strong or very strong, and larger numbers within each...
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Hope for the Future, Regardless of Election Outcomes: Gen Z Members Sow the Seeds of Bipartisanship

At times it seems that America is blanketed with a blinding fog of combative rhetoric and polarization. Yet many lights still shine through as beacons of bipartisanship. Many of those who lead us on our path to greater bipartisanship are the politically active youth of America. In some...
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Republican and Democratic Voters Agree on Many Healthcare Topics: A Supreme Court Preview of California v. Texas

America’s attention on the Supreme Court will soon shift from the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the cases being decided this term. Only a week after the election, the justices will hear a case on a topic – healthcare – that appears to divide many Americans. Yet data suggests that...
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Union: A Democrat, A Republican, and a Search for Common Ground

In the year before Donald Trump was elected president, Jordan Blashek, a Republican Marine, and Chris Haugh, a Democrat and son of a single mother from Berkeley, formed an unlikely friendship. Over the months, Jordan and Chris’s friendship blossomed not in spite of but because of their...
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When Talking to Liberals, Conservatives May Want to Avoid These Terms

Editor’s note: See our list of terms liberals may want to avoid when talking to conservatives. Suppose you are talking to another person who has very different political viewpoints. Everything seems to be going fine. Then, you say a word or phrase that unintentionally alienates the other...
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What Queer Eye Can Teach Us About Bridging Divides

“If you voted for Trump, unfollow me.” Most of us are familiar with this sentiment. It is common for people to not want to be associated with those whose values and opinions they deem dangerous or hateful. Tuning out voices we disagree with is not a practice unique to the Left, but as a...
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