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From the Ted Talk by Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

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Now, there are many rsoeans why this is hpnpaineg to us, and many of them we cannot reverse. We will never again have a political class that was forged by the eicxeeprne of fighting together in World War II against a common enemy. We will never again have just three television networks, all of which are relatively centrist. And we will never again have a large group of conservative southern Democrats and liberal northern rnpueclibas making it easy, miakng there be a lot of overlap for bipartisan cooperation. So for a lot of reasons, those decades after the Second World War were an historically anomalous time. We will never get back to those low levels of plztiroaaion, I believe.

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Now, there are many _______ why this is _________ to us, and many of them we cannot reverse. We will never again have a political class that was forged by the __________ of fighting together in World War II against a common enemy. We will never again have just three television networks, all of which are relatively centrist. And we will never again have a large group of conservative southern Democrats and liberal northern ___________ making it easy, ______ there be a lot of overlap for bipartisan cooperation. So for a lot of reasons, those decades after the Second World War were an historically anomalous time. We will never get back to those low levels of ____________, I believe.

Solution

  1. republicans
  2. polarization
  3. happening
  4. reasons
  5. experience
  6. making

Original Text

Now, there are many reasons why this is happening to us, and many of them we cannot reverse. We will never again have a political class that was forged by the experience of fighting together in World War II against a common enemy. We will never again have just three television networks, all of which are relatively centrist. And we will never again have a large group of conservative southern Democrats and liberal northern Republicans making it easy, making there be a lot of overlap for bipartisan cooperation. So for a lot of reasons, those decades after the Second World War were an historically anomalous time. We will never get back to those low levels of polarization, I believe.

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