Red State, Blue State: Polarization and the American Situation
America, it seems, is stuck—unable to make significant progress on critical issues such as climate change, rising economic inequality, and immigration. To explain that inaction, people often point to political polarization. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, are now so sharply opposed to each other that they are unable to find common ground.
But while the country is stuck, it is not stationary. Some things are changing; it’s just not at the federal level that the changes are emerging.