We Are Living in Parallel Societies

We Are Living in Parallel Societies
We Are Living in Parallel Societies

Quillette has published my essay about polarization in Western democracies and what we can do about it.

I blame populists like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen for tapping into a toxic combination of discontent and resentment, but I argue liberals may have unwittingly contributed to the radicalization of fearful conservatives.

You don’t convince people to be more relaxed about female power or gay rights by ridiculing old-fashioned gender norms. You don’t defeat jingoists by mocking patriotism or open up people’s eyes to racial injustice by shaming their whiteness.

We need to find a way back to the center. I see two main challenges:

  1. Updating our social norms in such a way that everybody (or at least the vast majority of people) can accept change.
  2. Finding a way to give workers without a university education the chance to make a valuable contribution to society.

I don’t have all the answers, but I have a few suggestions. Click here to read more.