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The Big Sort

The Big Sort

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You might move to a new neighborhood for the schools, or the commute, maybe the taxes. Turns out a whole lot of us also move to be around people who think and act and believe like we do. Bill Bishop calls it the "big sort," and he says it's tearing the country apart. "This is the untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided."

Here's the basic hypothesis: Americans are more mobile than ever, and have more choices in where to live, and who to live near. And we now have communities based on age, political views, and religion. All this "way-of-life segregation" has its consequences, argues Bill Bishop... The country is so polarized and "ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live just a few miles away."

Are you a part of this big sort? What choices have you made to be around people who are more like you?

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