How did America get so politically polarized? E.J. Dionne says to blame the founders.
Starting Monday, America’s two main political parties will gather — separately — in two different cities to talk about two different agendas and nominate two different candidates with two different visions of how to lead the country. Maybe it’s always been this way, but it’s a good reminder of how polarized we are politically.
How did we get this way, all Red State vs. Blue State?
Dionne argues that conservatives have been good at highlighting the parts of American history that emphasize individual rights, while liberals have been less successful at highlighting the parts of history that support the overall welfare of society. But at a talk in Chicago in June, he pointed out how the importance of collective welfare is written right into the Constitution, starting with the preamble “We the People,”and explains why he thinks conservatives have taken the persuit of individualism too far.
You can hear him tease out the founders’ belief in collectivity in the audio above.
Dynamic Range showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. E.J. Dionne spoke at an event presented by Chicago Public Library in June. Click here to hear the event in its entirety.