Divided Politics, Divided Nation
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Divided Politics, Divided Nation

Hyperconflict in the Trump Era

Darrell M. West

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Hyperconflict in the Trump Era

Darrell M. West

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Why are Americans so angry with each other?

The United States is caught in a partisan hyper-conflict that divides politicians, communities—and even families. Politicians from the president to state and local office-holders play to strongly-held beliefs and sometimes even pour fuel on the resulting inferno. This polarization has become so intense that many people no longer trust anyone from a differing perspective.

Drawing on his personal story of growing up as a fundamentalist Christian on a dairy farm in rural Ohio, then as an academic in the heart of the liberal East Coast establishment, Darrell West analyzes the economic, cultural, and political aspects of polarization. He takes advantage of his experiences inside both conservative and liberal camps to explain the views of each side and offer insights into why each is angry with the other.

West argues that societal tensions have metastasized into a dangerous tribalism that seriously threatens U.S. democracy. Unless people can bridge these divisions and forge a new path forward, it will be impossible to work together, maintain a functioning democracy, and solve the country's pressing policy problems.

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INDEX
Abortion, 3, 41, 75, 103, 109
Abramowitz, Alan, 176
Abuse: of children, 46, 48; domestic, 46, 158; substance abuse, 45–47, 66, 101. See also Sexual harassment
Academics. See Education
Ackman, William, 150
Admissions process, 151–55
Affirmative action, 6, 86, 154
Affordable Care Act (2010), 30, 37, 67, 123–24
Agriculture, 40–45; communist systems of, 108; dairy farms, 10–11, 41–43, 145–46; embargoes and tariffs related to, 40–41; hay baling, 43–44; immigrant labor in, 128–29, 141; percentage of workforce in, 40; planting and harvesting, 43, 54; profit sharing in, 54–55; rural areas impacted by decline of, 41, 45; self-sustainability through, 57
Ailes, Roger, 92–94
Alcohol abuse. See Substance abuse
Allen, John, 165
Aluminum tariffs, 40
American Dream, 54, 65, 67–68, 187
Anthem demonstrations, 171
Anti-Semitism, 184
Anton, Tom, 161, 162
Assault, sexual, 80–85, 100
Atheism, 74, 108, 109
Atkins, Doug, 30, 119, 121
Atkins, Laura, 8, 118, 119
Authoritarianism, 33, 35, 140, 165, 180
Azari, Julia, 167
Babbitt, Sam, 162
Baker, Jim, 15
Baling hay, 43–44
Barry, David, 176–77
Bergen, Candice, 156–57
Bernstein, Carl, 62
Bible: doctrinal stances based on, 73; fundamentalist interpretations of, 104–05, 109, 113–14; on homosexuality, 3–4, 78, 79; literal interpretation of, 111, 113–14; selection of books for inclusion in, 112
Biden, Joe, 184
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 164
Billionaires (West), 2
Billowitz, Lisa, 80
Bin Salman, Mohammad, 140, 165
Birth control, 75, 123–24
Blasey Ford, Christine, 100, 101
Bloom, Alexis, 93
Bloomberg, Michael, 2, 93
Booker, Corey, 184
Brendel family murders, 116–17
Brewer, Katie, 118, 119
Breyer, Stephen, 94–95
Bribery, 145–48
Brookings Institution: billionaires list published by, 2; fundraising at...

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APA 6 Citation
West, D. (2019). Divided Politics, Divided Nation ([edition unavailable]). Brookings Institution Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/777799/divided-politics-divided-nation-hyperconflict-in-the-trump-era-pdf (Original work published 2019)
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West, Darrell. (2019) 2019. Divided Politics, Divided Nation. [Edition unavailable]. Brookings Institution Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/777799/divided-politics-divided-nation-hyperconflict-in-the-trump-era-pdf.
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West, D. (2019) Divided Politics, Divided Nation. [edition unavailable]. Brookings Institution Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/777799/divided-politics-divided-nation-hyperconflict-in-the-trump-era-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
West, Darrell. Divided Politics, Divided Nation. [edition unavailable]. Brookings Institution Press, 2019. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.