Bill Bishop, author (#347)
Author Bill Bishop, former columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, discusses his first book, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart. The book examines the polarization of U.S. politics and concludes that the American people—not politicians, the media or religious leaders—are the primary cause.
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Bishop discusses The Big Sort, saying that people tend to move to places where they are surrounded by others with similar lifestyles and politics, a phenomenon that he calls “clustering.”
A Louisville native who now resides in Texas, Bishop describes the pros and cons of clustering, including how it can lead to a failure to compromise in local and national government. Bishop also explores how clustering causes some cities and communities to thrive while others remain stagnant.
Finally, Bishop analyzes the presidential election and examines Kentucky’s struggle to retain the people it educates.