Today’s political discourse is very polarized. For example, according to Pew Research Centre, the overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over the past two decades (10 per cent to 21 per cent).
Sadly, looking at these trends, polarization isn’t going away anytime soon.
You might be asking yourself, “How did we get here, exactly?”
The first reason is social media. More specifically, how people consume news on social media.
If you don’t follow an intellectually diverse amount of news outlets or media figures, you’re going to get a narrow view of the world — an echo chamber — and you could be getting a total misrepresentation of the other side.
The second reason why there’s political polarization is obvious but, still, no less serious — identity politics. That's politics that advocates for the collective interests of groups, rather than, a nation as a whole, or individuals.
The right has their own version of identity politics — alt-right white nationalists. The left’s characterization of women and minority groups, though, as victims of the cisgendered white male patriarchy, has succeeded among the wider society through academia and mainstream media.
The left created a progressive stack. At the top is white men (the enemy). The bottom, disabled black lesbians.
The solution to the first main reason why there’s political polarization is to watch as much news media content from many different political angles.
The solution to the second main reason is more complex:
In order for there to be less political polarization, identitarians have to realize that humans are individuals. Yes, there are group trends and habits. But more so than group collectives, humans are individuals, and the job of the nation-state is to uplift the individual. To provide as much protection and liberty to the individual of that nation.
By uplifting individuals, you are in turn uplifting the collective without leaving anyone behind, while, at the same time, respecting the interests of the individual.
Identitarians need to realize that the greatest evil is judging a person not based on their own quality or merit, but instead, judging them based on their group.
It’s like suggesting that all white males are part of some uber patriarchy because some are wealthy. If we don’t do that — if the left, for example, ignores this plea and continues pushing their progressive stack and racial politics in the name of all black people or whatever — trust me, there’s going to be more needless violence and hatred.
Americans don't need any more of that.