2014 National Debate Series: Beyond Gridlock Polarization The Debaters Moderator Transcripts PBS airtimes Resolved: Our Polarized Political Process No Longer Reflects the Will of the American People Full Episode From Disruption Comes Solution Mixed or "Flatly Incompatible"? A World Without Social Security "Gov't Is Trying to Do Too Much" "I'd Be a Slave Right Now" Host Doug Blackmon moderates a special American Forum debate on political polarization and its effect on governance. Matt Kibbe, Eric Liu, Christopher Parker, and George Will argue their positions and explore common ground. Matt Kibbe points to the disruption occurring in the marketplace as a harbinger of coming changes in Washington, and argues this leads to innovation and is thus ultimately beneficial. Political polarization does a disservice to the many people who do not hold extreme views, argues Eric Liu, and hence it obscures the diversity of public opinion. George Will counters that Americans suffer from "cognitive dissonance." Eric Liu points to Social Security as an example of government solving a pressing social problem, and denies charges that this implies uncritical support of all government action. George Will argues that the government programs praised by the left are relics of the past, and that government is ill-suited to addressing the problems of modern times. "Big government is not the evil some paint it to be." Chris Parker uses the example of emancipation to argue that government has a positive role to play in protecting the rights of citizens. Previous Miller Center Events on Polarization Polarization in Historical Perspective (2014) Latino Conservatives: Right Wing Aesthetics and Representative Claims (2014) The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics: A Synopsis (2014) Other Related Material of Interest Congress and Policy Making in the 21st Century (2013) NOW WHAT?: Can the new president rise above partisan polarization to govern effectively? (2008) Red and Blue Nation: Partisanship and the 2008 Election (2008) Partisan Rancor and American Democracy (2007) Click Here for more information on the 2014 National Debate Series.