Some of the astronauts noticed, looking out their windows at
the whole Earth, that they couldn't see the political boundaries
between countries. They might have noticed, as well, that they
couldn't see the boundaries between Left and Right, which are
even more imaginary.
The closer we look at everyone on the Left, the more we find
differences between them on most of the important issues. The
same is true on the Right. And the more we talk among each other,
across these supposed divides of Left and Right, the more common
ground we discover.
Sure, there are differences between Left and Right. But the chasm
is only as big as we think it is. Most people, regardless of whether
we or they think of themselves as Left or Right, are not extremists
or unreasonable. Most people want to have a country and world
that work for all and would like to find better ways to have that.
Most people want a healthy democracy.
Polarization usually undermines our co-intelligence. Overcoming
polarization requires conversation across the divides. So lets
talk with each other and find out who we all REALLY are and how
we might make better communties and a better world together.
The articles below explore this important and remarkable subject.
Co-intelligence articles on polarization
Michael Moore, Polarization and Power:
A timely lesson in co-intelligence
A Personally Transformational
Encounter of Left and Right
Conference Declaration to Move Beyond Polarization
(which became the
Talk America Petition you can sign)
Exploring the Dynamics of Polarization
Polarization Dynamics and
a Passion for Inclusion
Polarization and Intelligence
A June/July 2004 flurry of published articles on polarization
"The Great Divide" series of articles by Bill Bishop
in The Austin American-Statesman <http://www.statesman.com/greatdivide>
"Party loyalties color our views of reality" by David
Brooks, The New York Times, June 16, 2004
"Move beyond warring, partisan camps" by David Brooks,
The New York Times, June 29, 2004
"How Polarization Sells" by Robert J. Samuelson, Washington
Post, June 30, 2004
"Liberals making same mistake in the rush to sling mud"
by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, June 30, 2004
"Limbaughing to the left?" by Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe,
July 1, 2004
"Moore's Public Service" by Paul Krugmann, July 2, 2004
"Bowling with the Like-Minded" by Jonah Goldberg, National
Review, July 9, 2004
Other relevant articles
"Is there a Genuine New Politics Beyond Left and Right?"
by Corrine McLaughlin, 2001
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