Take The Heterodox Challenge | Opinion

Joshua Katz

Excerpt: Last week's July 4th New Yorker cover depicts an America divided. On the left side, a progressive lies in a hammock, a Black Lives Matter sign displayed prominently in the front yard. On the right, a paunchy man in a MAGA hat rests on his porch swing, behind signs supporting veterans and the police. The neighbors face opposite directions and stare at their phones. They do not speak.

Many of us would like to see these neighbors turn around and speak to each other again. This will require a multiplicity of ideas; no single approach will work. But I have a modest proposal for how to start. I call it the Heterodox Challenge, or, if you prefer, #HeterodoxChallenge.