The state of play in political discourse
1. There is an excellent op-ed in the New York Times by Katherine Mangu-Ward, the editor in chief of Reason. The premise is: "Differences remain as fundamental as ever, but the way we talk about them is so superficial as to have become incoherent."
2. Why this matters: These loud voices rise to the top, because they are more entertaining. Twitter pervades, while 3,000-word think-pieces decline, because people don't want to think long and hard. They want to be told what to think. Believe me, because I said it! (See what I did there?
3. To make matters worse, what happens when both sides begin to take this downgraded rhetoric and blend in identity politics?