Democracies’ Polarization Problem Is Neither Inevitable Nor Incurable

Abortion rights protesters have a heated discussion with a man who is anti-abortion, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, May 14, 2022 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
Abortion rights protesters have a heated discussion with a man who is anti-abortion, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, May 14, 2022 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
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In the past few weeks, two ever-divisive issues in U.S. politics have once again reared their heads: abortion and gun control. Debates about the former were sparked in early May by a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating that a majority of the court’s justices are in favor of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government interference. Activists in favor of protecting the right to abortion, as well as those opposed, promptly took to the streets and digital platforms to advocate for their point of view—and condemn the […]

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