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The Intersection Of Twitter, Polarization, And Our Vanishing Institutions

Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch explains why social media needs a pause button and his vision for how we can depolarize American politics.

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Jonathan Rauch, Brookings senior fellow and contributing editor at The Atlantic, joins host Ben Domenech on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, where they discuss practical ways to decrease online outrage, increase civility despite the political divide, and restore the disappearing institutions that previously bonded American communities.

“Scaring and outraging the American public are good for business. They are great business models if you’re an activist, if you want to juice people up to vote or give money, and they are great business models for politicians, but they are bad for the republic,” Rauch said. “People are starting to think out can we retake control in this situation.”

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