I got here right here to UVA to participate in a program honoring the “NewsHour”‘s co-founder and former anchor the late Jim Lehrer.
And, whereas right here, I had the prospect to talk with a professor who’s lengthy been concerned with America’s polarization, which has solely grown sharper previously few years, together with simply final week with the Supreme Courtroom and the abortion rights draft.
He’s political scientist Sid Milkis, whose newest ebook is “What Occurred to the Important Middle?”
Sid Milkis, thanks very a lot for speaking with us.
You’ve gotten studied, you may have written a lot about democracy, about — you may have appeared actually exhausting at what has held us collectively and what has pushed us aside.
The place are we proper now?
Sid Milkis, College of Virginia Miller Middle: We’re preventing over the that means of our rights, the that means of the Structure.
I feel what strikes me as completely different concerning the modern interval of polarization is that — is, our democracy is so unfiltered now, if you’ll, that most of the establishments that previously have constrained our battles, as basic as they’ve been, have been weakened significantly.
And I look to the Sixties as an vital interval that started to weaken among the key establishments which have been vital to constructing a consensus in American politics.