Tim starts off the podcast with a discussions of what’s wrong with American politics in modern time. He narrows it down to five major problems, that combined, make for increased division and a volatile political climate.
First, we have lost track of history. Public schools fail to really teach youngsters about history, which is part of the reason why anti-Trump voters are comparing him to Hitler and his supporters to Nazis. DHS, the Border Patrol, or ICE, are NOT THE SAME as the Schutzstaffel!
Second, a lot of people put their emotions first. They decide their political position based on how they feel, rather than on the facts.
Third, with the assistance of social media, people on both sides see only the news they already agree with. Subscribers to Breitbart rarely see articles from the Huffington Post and vice versa.
Fourth, because we are more and more inside our own bubbles, we become tribal and act violently against those who are not in our tribe. Demonizing the other side has become increasingly common.
And finally, many people have turned the political into the personal. It is no longer an issue that we address with the democratic process, but rather an issue we fight amongst ourselves.
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