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This is the last article in a four-part series by Evolve Governance on American identity.

By Amanda Kadlec, Ilan Cooper & Joe Long

American identity at an individual and a community level is becoming increasingly fractured. The convergence of rising social, economic, and demographic inequality alongside the rise of social media and its role in amplifying misinformation continuously degrades many components of social cohesion.

But is that really such a big problem? According to social construction and democratization theorists, a sense of common identity is foundational to the construction of the modern nation-state. In an America torn between extremes, with…


This is the third in a four-part series by Evolve Governance on American identity.

By Joe Long, Ilan Cooper, & Amanda Kadlec

As we outlined in the first two articles in our four-part series on Chaos and the New American Identity, the sense of what it means to be American is no longer a unifying concept around which the majority are willing or able to gather. The public’s reliance on algorithmic-driven social media messaging encouraging division on controversial issues has driven the country into separate thought universes. Political audiences are now surrounded with bespoke political narratives that reinforce homogenous and…


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This is the second in a four-part series by Evolve Governance on American identity.

By Ilan Cooper, Joe Long & Amanda Kadlec

The rise in the use of social media for primary news consumption by an increasing number of Americans is a highly worrying trend for unity in a time of competing US identity narratives. Social media and unregulated news. outputs are driving the national, especially political, discourse into polarized extremes with a growing chasm between the two sides.

The latest Pew Research on this trend identifies a clear pattern: over the last three years the number of US adults…


This is the first in a four-part series by Evolve Governance on American identity.

By Ilan Cooper, Joe Long & Amanda Kadlec

The events of January 6th, 2021 brought into stark contrast the current fragility and division that surrounds modern-day American identity. Both sides of the divide — those who criticize the events of January 6th, 2021 as an attack on the basic fundamentals of democracy and those who support the attempts to storm the Capitol and disrupt the democratic process — argue they represent what it truly means to be American.

On the one side are those who believe…


Francis Fukuyama, as mentioned elsewhere on our site, has been lauded in academic and policy circles as a kind of guru of the democracy and democratization studies world. His seminal work in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man, just as the Soviet Union collapsed and democracy movements sprouted all over the world throughout the next decade, Fukuyama seemed to have been proven right about the preeminence of the political evolution that is the liberal democratic experiment. Then came the election of President Obama concurrent with the rise of identity politics, and the subsequent election of President Trump.

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