Since 2016, and probably before, we have heard the word “polarized” everywhere. It conjures the idea of disagreement and disrespect, a loud shouting at one another that never seems to end. An important point, however, is that while disagreement is the cause of polarization, argument is not the result. Sure, it may look like an argument. We see arguments on the news every day. But an argument is, or rather ought to be, an attempt to convince someone else to see your point of view. These days, it’s not really about convincing people so much as it’s about proving the other guy wrong, or proving yourself right. We’re not trying to beat our debate opponents anymore. We’re trying to embarrass them.

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