The Content of Our Character: America Reflects

“’Never underestimate the ability of Americans to hold several contradictory ideas at the same time,’ iconic pollster and political consultant Mark Penn told the crowd at the Institute’s Ideas Festival in his introduction to the Aspen Institute/Atlantic Survey. This Fitzgeraldian ideal of a first-rate intelligence was on full display as Burson-Marsteller Worldwide Vice Chairman Donald Baer, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic James Bennet, and Penn explored the results of the survey with Institute EVP Elliot Gerson. Although Americans seem to have no trouble forming strong opinions, when it comes to everything from women’s rights to freedom of speech, it seems we’re just not sure how to reconcile those opinions with the way we live our lives.

For more, read Elizabeth’s article in The Aspen Idea.

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