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An oped by Prof. Jonathan Haidt on America's right-left divide

Excerpt from The Saturday Evening Post -- "The problem is not just limited to politicians. Technology and changing residential patterns have allowed each of us to isolate ourselves within cocoons of like-minded individuals. In 1976, only 27 percent of Americans lived in 'landslide counties'—counties that voted either Democratic or Republican by a margin of 20 percent or more. But the number has risen steadily; in 2008, 48 percent of Americans lived in a landslide county. Our counties and towns are becoming increasingly segregated into 'lifestyle enclaves,' in which ways of voting, eating, working, and worshipping are increasingly aligned."

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Additional coverage appeared in The Huffington Post.