A Divided America: the Role of Intellectual Conformity

A Divided America: the Role of Intellectual Conformity

General Insights, Politics
One of the world’s most stable, advanced, and forward-thinking societies is more divided than ever.  When people around the world think of the United States today, one of the first things that comes to mind is how divided the population is. In American society, people with different political views are more distrusting of one another than in even the oldest of people’s lifetimes.  Pundits often speak of an inability for people to engage in basic dialogue. What’s really going on here?  The discussion of this issue usually doesn’t go too far beyond “it’s the triumph of tribalism”. While a complex issue, it seems to me that one of the biggest factors in creating these divisions is widespread intellectual conformity.   By intellectual conformity, I simply mean adopting the views of others…
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