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The Reunited States of America by Mark Gerzon

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INTRODUCTION

ARE WE DIVIDING—OR REUNITING?

ONE DAY, a young man named Sean Long, who had just finished his junior year at Notre Dame, visited me in my office. He had heard about an event we had hosted on a college campus that had led to students forming a “transpartisan club” that offered an alternative to the traditional left-right alternatives. Sean searched me out because he wanted to tell me his story and ask for my support.

“I was president of the Democratic Club on campus,” he told me. “I was sitting in my dorm with a conservative friend who was challenging some of my opinions. We asked ourselves: What would it be like to have a safe, neutral place where students could explore their differences in an atmosphere of curiosity?”

When Sean ...

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