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Tuesday, March 2 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Parties and American Democracy

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Every observer of American politics today decries polarization and partisanship, which have all but eliminated pragmatism and compromise. In this session we inquire more deeply into the roots of disagreement in democracy. The Founders did not put the word “party” in the U.S. Constitution, and many think they anticipated that American national politics would be non-partisan. Yet as soon as national politics began in 1790, parties appeared. Are parties natural to democracy? Are there permanent sources of disagreement? Should we expect people to get along better than they do? Can we understand each side of the party divide as reasonable? This session aims to support thoughtful educators and citizens in navigating an age of intense partisan passions.

PRE-READING:  Please read the three readings linked below in advance of the session in order to get the most out of the discussion.


Tuesday March 2, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST