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Seeking to better understand our contemporary moment, I’ve been looking at a variety of intellectual sources that help to make sense of our nation’s polarizing state of affairs.  Some of you have probably discovered the sociologist Jonathan Haidt (NYU), whose research and publications (e.g., The Righteous Mind, The Coddling of the American Mind) strive to explain the increasing divisions in our...

For those of you poll-watchers out there (and who’s not, at this point?!), the presidential election is a nail-biter that has yet to be decided, though I'm sure the news will continue to surge our way throughout the day. But, what can we learn about our political life from this particular election?  At times like this, I'm comforted by the Stoics...