According to Moises Naim, polarization, together with populism and post-truths, is one of the three p’s undermining democratic societies.
Observing the public debate, which is becoming more and more polarized, it seems we are losing our ability to talk with people who have other opinions. Instead, we talk about them.
We try to classify people who have a different opinion than us, with a label. Once this label has been issued, we feel we do not have to enter in debates with them anymore. On the contrary, we try to prevent debates, since this would provide our opponents with an opportunity to share their opinions.
The difficulty however is that the effectiveness of human societies depends on our ability to cooperate and reconcile our differences.Continue reading