This series of graphics shows how America’s three major worldviews—progressive, modern, and traditional—map onto the familiar political spectrum of left and right. As journalist George Packer writes in The Atlantic Magazine, there are now “four Americas,” which he labels Just America, Smart America, Free America, and Real America. We identify these same categories as Caring Values, Fairness Values, Liberty Values, and Heritage Values. The final two graphics in this series illustrate the negatives and positives of each set of values.

Three Major American Worldviews
Multiple Political Polarities
Polarities Arise Over Differences at the Level of Bedrock Values
These Value Polarities Reveal the “Four Americas”
Polarity on the Left
Polarity on the Right

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