American democracy is immobilized by polarization. Hostile ideological conflict heightens the stakes of every election, encourages anti-democratic behavior, gridlocks our politics, and makes implementing democracy reforms more challenging. This Gordian knot also increases the risk that politicians and citizens alike will cease to value democracy itself, opening the door wider to future authoritarians.
So how do we untangle it? How can pro-democracy reformers de-escalate brinkmanship and disincentivize polarization? What reforms are most likely to succeed in a challenging landscape? How can we build a pro-democracy political coalition to support change? In new and forthcoming essays for Protect Democracy’s Democracy Endgame series, Larry Diamond and Nicole Bibbins Sedaca each weigh the challenge of polarization in the United States and propose paths for cutting through the snare.
Join Protect Democracy and American Purpose on September 15th at 12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT for a conversation with Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and an editorial board member of American Purpose, and Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Executive Vice President of Freedom House and the Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, to discuss practical paths to overcome polarization and rebuild norms.
This event is open to the public and on-the-record. We invite participants to raise questions during the event, or to submit them beforehand through the Zoom registration.