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America's "extended period of backlash"

NBC News

Malcolm Gladwell ("The Tipping Point") to NBC's Willie Geist on tomorrow's "Sunday Today," on change in America:

"We take one step forward and then we take two steps back. That doesn't happen in the same way in [Gladwell's native] Canada or in other parts where I'm most familiar with. It's a very American kind of thing. And I wonder whether we aren't at the beginning of an extended period of backlash in this country, which is a very typical American period ...

"[I]n the face of overwhelming amounts of change in a very small time, what people basically do is they say, 'Stop. Enough. Let's process through this.' So there's this angry, vicious backlash. But when change happens in a hurry, ... people ... have to find some way to make sense of it. ... I feel like maybe we are on the cusp of something similar." See the video.

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