Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated writer, podcaster, and producer EZRA KLEIN—Vox co-founder and editor-at-large—for a discussion of his highly anticipated book, Why We’re Polarized. He will be joined in conversation by renowned author and Harvard Law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.
About Why We’re Polarized
After Election Day 2016, both supporters and opponents of the soon-to-be president hailed his victory as a historically unprecedented event. Most Americans could agree that no candidate like Donald Trump had ever been elected President before. But political journalist Ezra Klein makes the case that the 2016 election wasn’t surprising at all. In fact, Trump’s electoral victory followed the exact same template as previous elections, by capturing a nearly identical percentage of voter demographics as previous Republican candidates.
In this groundbreaking book, Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the 20th century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and each other. And he traces the feedback loops between our polarized political identities and our polarized political institutions that are driving our political system towards crisis.