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Thu 20

May 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

DIVIDED WE FALL: How Business Can Depolarize the US • Part 1, Understanding Polarization

Business for America

Location: Online

Deepening divisions in the US, both politically and culturally, pose a threat to our democracy. The issue goes beyond a move to the right for Republicans or to the left among Democrats, as extremism has marginalized long-standing moderate political beliefs in both camps, and bipartisanship has been vilified. Our political system’s polarization and dysfunction harm our business environment and workplace culture.

The Niskanen Center and Business for America designed this four-part webinar series to discuss the root causes of political polarization, its social and economic costs, and what the business community can do to reduce division and have the greatest unifying impact.


Thursday, May 20th | 12:00 to 1:30pm EDT

Understanding Polarization: An existential threat to business and democracy

Public confidence in democracy is at the lowest point on record in the United States. What role does polarization play? In this session, we’ll dig into the essence of “liberal democracy” and why it’s essential to our economic and social well-being. We’ll also assess the many factors (party politics, misinformation, culture wars, racial justice, income inequality…) contributing to polarization, as well as its negative effects on our economy, our values, and our lives. Finally, we’ll explore how the business community is responding and can support the health of our democratic institutions.