The Great Separation: Why American Politics Is Collapsing


American life and American politics are increasingly divided: by party, by geography, by education. Just by knowing your ZIP code, analysts can likely predict your views on abortion, climate change, national health care, and immigration. They can also predict consumer choices, such as whether to prefer Levis or Wrangler jeans. And of course, it is possible to guess very well which party you are going to vote for in November. Red and blue separate so completely that it becomes increasingly difficult to find common ground. Why does this happen? And what can we do to fix it?

Megan McArdle, opinion columnist at The Washington Post since 2018, will address these issues September 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 198 at Statler Hall. This event, free and open to the public, will also be streamed. To participate online, please register here.

McArdle is “a wide-ranging, intelligent and funny writer, libertarian in leanings but not dogmatic. She has a knack for telling, wisely and concisely, where things stand in America today,” said Barry StraussBryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies, History, and Classics, and Director of the Freedom and Free Societies Programwho is sponsoring the conference.

For nearly two decades, McCardle has written about business, politics, and public policy. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The Atlantic, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, the Guardian and Reason. She was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, and Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is the author of “Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success” (2014).

Sponsorship of the event by the Program on Freedom and Free Societies is made possible through the support of Michael J. Millette ’87 and the Millette family.

David Guaspari works on communications for the Freedom and Free Societies program.


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