This article was originally published in Newsweek.

Political polarization has become a fixture of American society. While stoking outrage and division may benefit certain media outlets and political agendas, it obstructs our ability to thrive as individuals and come together as a nation to make progress on the big challenges of our time.

When Americans are asked to use one word to describe politics in the U.S. these days, the most common response is “divisive.” Healthy political debate is important. It fosters a marketplace of ideas, which is needed for personal, cultural, and economic growth.

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