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Who Benefits From Political Polarization? (HINT: NOT US)

In 1950, a report published in the American Political Science review issued a dire warning over the state of politics in America. The nation’s two parties, it argued, were too much alike and got along so well that voters might be inclined to gravitate towards smaller parties with more extreme...
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How the Hell Did We Get Here?: Political Polarization Over Time

It should be a forgone conclusion that political polarization in America has reached an unhealthy level when the end of a presidential election cycle is marked by an angry mob storming the Capitol, the seat of the Senate President being occupied by a shirtless man in a buffalo headdress carrying a...
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Why We Should Keep the Electoral College ... Or At Least Not Throw it Out.

To many, the Electoral College could best be described as the appendix of American democracy - a vestigial organ sitting in the nation's body politic that's only noticed for the problems it causes. Given the Electoral College has overruled the popular vote in two out of the last five presidential...
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How to Improve Health Care and Save $1 Trillion | YDHTY, EPisode 54

In a report on the quality of healthcare across Canada’s provinces and territories, the Conference Board of Canada graded the country’s healthcare system against a number of “peer countries”. The scale started with Sweden, the highest rank, and ended with the United States.As with our love of guns,...
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Partisan Media: We are All King George | YDHTY, Episode 52

On July 2nd of this year, I celebrated America’s birthday early by driving through 10 of the original 13 colonies with my wife and four kids as we trekked from Boston to a house we rented about an hour south of Tampa, Florida. To add to the authenticity, my kids made sure to take enough bathroom...
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That Person You Disagree with on Social Media | YDHTY, Episode 51

At one point or another, you may have found yourself in an interminably long political debate on social media. Chances are, it was with someone you graduated high school with or an old college buddy posting something you didn’t like on a subject such as climate change or Black Lives Matter. ...
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Third Parties in American Politics | Professor Bernard Tamas | YDHTY, Episode 50

As with our puzzling aversion to the metric system and our lack of enthusiasm for soccer, America’s two party system makes it an outlier in the world. While most democracies have large center-left and center-right parties that garner most of the votes and seats in government, they also have viable...
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New Jersey Redistricting | Helen Kioukis from Fair District's New Jersey | YDHTY, Episode 49

Last week’s episode of YDHTY featured Christian Onuoha, who was undertaking the herculean task of running as a Republican in New Jersey’s 6th congressional district - one of the more heavily gerrymandered districts in one of the more heavily gerrymandered states in the nation. For this week’s...
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Christian Onuoha | Nigerian-American. Millenial. Republican | YDHTY - Episode 48

New Jersey's 6th congressional district is an artfully carved piece of territory that sits like a balloon animal just to the southwest of Staten Island. Whether it's carved that way because Democrats have been the historical majority in that state or whether Democrats have been the historical...
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Is America a Centrally Planned Economy? | YDHTY, Episode 47

Since the end of World War 2, Soviet style communism has served as the antithesis to the freedom and prosperity promised through American capitalism. It's been such an effective boogeyman, that politicians still bring it up, despite the fact it hasn't existed for the past 30 years. Soviet-era...
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