Philip Slater: Author and Playwright: “Political analysts have been impressed lately by the polarization of the American public between ‘reds’ and ‘blues’. Eighty percent of our population has declared itself impervious to persuasion. Why has this happened? Why have political positions hardened while the pragmatic center has shrunk?
While the media speak of the new importance of ‘moral values’, as if this were some recent fashion trend that had just burst upon the scene, this ‘red/blue’ division is rooted in major historical changes–changes that are welcomed by half of our nation, appalling to the other half. Furthermore, this division is not simply an American phenomenon, but a global one, rooted in the most revolutionary cultural shift in the history of our species.”