Lilliana Mason on what makes the United States stubbornly bipartisan and polarized.

If We Could Only Agree on the Issues, Right? There’s Actually Much More to It.

If We Could Only Agree on the Issues, Right? There’s Actually Much More to It.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 19 2018 8:02 PM

Polarization Nation

It’s not just about the issues: Fear, competitiveness, and tribalism all make it harder for Democrats and Republicans to get along.

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Protesters shout at each other during a rally on Sept. 24, 2017, in Berkeley, California.

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Political parties are like people: They grow and change, their values shift, and sometimes they become downright belligerent. Lilliana Mason says America’s two political parties are in the middle of a shift, and it won’t be over anytime soon: “What happened to conservative southern Democrats after the Civil Rights Act passed? They didn’t like it. … It took an entire generation for conservative Southern Democrats to become Republicans.” Mason is the author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity.

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