Madison was deeply concerned with factions. Since he denied the possibility that we could ever get rid of them, he instead suggested to multiply them in order to prevent any one faction from taking over, but also to avoid political polarization.
For this paper, please read Yasha Mounk’s piece inThe New Yorker and listen to the recent podcast of On the Media (both are posted in the Madison module). Both Mounk and the podcast address the question of polarization.
In your response paper, please focus on the following questions:
What are the different reasons for the (presumed) growing polarization in American politics that you encountered in the Mounk reading and the podcast?
Finally, what are the dangers that both Mounk and the contributors to the podcast see in this development and how are they related to our discussion of Madison? Do you agree with these assessments?