Is American Unity Still Possible?

April 26th, 2016
9781626568891.jpgAmerican history shows us that amidst election season we are often divided.  That partisan rancor is often high and it is a healthy part of the passion of democracy.  But today we seem to have something worse.  While we’ve been here before as a county, we are at one of those historical inflection points where the bitterness spills over into every aspect of life. 

And while history shows us other bitter splits, today, the long tail of the Internet and technology has made us more tribal.  More prone to confirmation bias and only associating with our own tribe.  Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said we are all entitled to our opinions, but not our own facts.  Today, the proliferation of information, has made everyone feel empowered by their own facts, true or false.

We live in a world that William Butler Yeats writes about when he said that “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The best lack all conviction and worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Mark Gerzon, like Barack Obama thinks he can change that.  He outlines his plans in The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.

My conversation with Mark Gerzon: