Yesterday, I linked to two great discussion pieces about the state of Pirate dialogue in 2010, much of it focused on the polarity of the pro-front office and anti-front office camps. At almost the same time, I read a third item that made me re-think my focus a bit; Nate Silver's post at FiveThirtyEight about political polarization. Silver points out that while the internet has given a larger voice to what he calls political "extremism" and that this has in turn caused many political commentators to act like the country is coming apart at the seams because of blue state/red state polarization, people's self identification as "conservative" and "liberal" hasn't significantly polarized at all since the '70s.

When a multi-faceted debate is presented as two-sided, the only possible result is...

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