There is nothing new about divisiveness in politics.  Yet cultural and political division appears to be deepening.  Tribalism continues to rise.  There are even credible commentators who argue that civil war in the US is a real possibility.  

Should we dial down the rhetoric, calm our vocabulary, and all will be well?  Or is social media to blame encouraging violent opinion and tribal bonding?  Or have we lost something more profound, belief in our culture, which we urgently need to rediscover? 

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