Writing Exercise to Help Depolarize Your Thinking—Liberal Modernist

The Exercise: Using the questions below (from your Test Results page), write out a brief one or two sentence answer to each question. Please use a separate file or paper to write your answers.

When done, consider posting your answers (together with the corresponding questions) on ICE’s Facebook page or in the comments section of the Polarization Test’s first page.

Questions to Consider (from your Test Results page)

  1. What is the best way to care for people who need help without encouraging dependency or enabling a non-productive life?
  2. What are the downsides of increasing government involvement in the economy and society? We know that having a lean body is good for our health and performance. Might this same principle of health and efficiency also point to the need for a “lean government”?
  3. What would justify American military action abroad? Do you see any such threats on the historical horizon today?
  4. How can we integrate the value of equality (a society that provides for the needy) with the value of equity (a society that rewards our most productive)?

The Principles Behind the Exercise:

As discussed in our Depolarization white paper, overcoming political polarization begins by recognizing that each pole needs the enduring values of its opposing pole for the full realization of its own position. Applied to politics, this principle shows how conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions. Thus, no matter what your political position, you can help reduce polarization in America by working to depolarize your own thinking through this recommended exercise.

When you have completed this writing exercise, please consider doing the communication exercise, linked below. The communication exercise takes this process into the realm of activism.

        • Communication Exercise to Help Depolarize Your Thinking—Left Side

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