A More Perfect Union: The Anti-Polarization Reading List

Nikki Sylianteng
Jul 31, 2018 · 2 min read

“The test… is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s been a lot of talk in and around the 2016 US Elections. But it’s talk about each other, not with each other. Like everyone else, I read as much as I could but was drawn to a specific type of article — ones by authors who have their feet in both worlds that, even if we disagree, help us see both sides. It’s been really eye-opening and only when I understood did I feel informed enough to have an opinion.

I wanted to see more people in this space but realized there wasn’t a place for it. A space for people to go beyond the knee-jerk reaction, to dig deeper and figure out how we can start fixing this. So I gathered articles and videos scattered around the internet and listed them in this Google Doc. It’s public so please add to the list.

The articles here are less about proving a point and more about listening and asking questions — yo get under the skin of the other and come back with a more nuanced perspective. To hear someone out and hopefully be heard in return.

I want to believe this is possible because how can we fix something if we don’t understand it?

Nikki Sylianteng

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