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What is a polarized society?

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โˆ™ 2009-07-27 20:46:54

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A polarized society is one which has extreme disagreements on at least one important issue. We could say that the US is polarized on the issue of abortion, for example. Many people think that abortion is a monstrous crime which should never be allowed, while many others think that it is absolutely necessary for women to be able to obtain abortions. This is also known as the "pro-life vs. pro-choice" argument. The metaphor of polarization relates to the North and South Poles of the planet Earth; these are geographically opposite to eachother, at the farthest north and the farthest south locations that exist on our world. People with extreme disagreements also seem to be, in an intellectual rather than geographical sense, extremely far apart.

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