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Polarized Lenses: 9/11, Charlottesville, and How Right & Wrong Replaced Right & Left

"Driving this seeming need for equivocation is the replacement of right and wrong with notions of right and left. Moral responsibility has given way to political expediency, as we carefully tailor our comments and select our outrage — not to condemn a wrong, but to make a point. Lost in this increasing politicization, and subsequent polarization, is the reality that neither truth nor virtue is subject to the whims of politics." "It is incumbent on us to shed the polarization and to see right and wrong instead of right and left. After all, truth is not partisan and moral responsibility knows no party lines." Why do we find a need to equivocate when condemning something wrong? Have we become directed by a political compass instead of a moral compass? What damage is done by viewing things in terms of right and left instead of right and wrong? READ THE FULL ARTICLE "Polarized Lenses: 9/11, Charlottesville, and How Right & Wrong Replaced Right & Left" by Samuel Chen, Principal Director, The Liddell Group April 16, 2017 l Medium

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Much like the absence of J Street in Washington, DC, we provide what is too often lacking from today's politics--substantive research and thoughtful discourse.


J Street Musings is a collection of essays and articles on a variety of issues and genres.  Authored by our team and by scholars and thinkers across the world, each post highlights a few key quotes and fundamental questions to direct our minds toward a thoughtful engagement of the article.

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