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Cover of "Why We're Polarized" by Ezra Klein

Men’s Book Club


August 5, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Men’s Book Club will hold its first mid-summer meeting on August 5 to discuss Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein.

For Klein, the question is not why Hillary Clinton lost the election but rather why was this election was so close that a relatively few voters in three states could decide it. Klein says he searched for some anomaly that could explain the vote, but he discovered that Democrats, Independents, Republicans, Whites, Hispanics, African-Americans, and men and women of all ethnicities generally voted as they normally do.

Klein believes that the most powerful driver for most voters was political identity. Political identity means not just political affiliation but includes gender, race, age, religious belief (or not), and similar factors. Most people voted in favor of the party that they perceived to represent their identity and to punish the other party and its cohort. He believes that these identities have grown so powerful that there are relatively few “persuadable” voters. Klein tries to explain why and how this toxic political system developed and what it means for our society.

Why We’re Polarized is an engaging and timely read which challenges much of what we thought we knew (or at least hoped) about democracy in the United States. Please join us on August 5 to discuss this book. The meeting link will be sent out shortly before the meeting. Email office@stjohnsnorwood.org if you are not already on our mailing list.