Axelrod, Robert; Stephanie Forrest and Joshua J. Daymude

In his comment on Axelrod et al. (1), de Marchi (2) complains that our model of polarization leaves out a number of mechanisms of opinion change and that consequentially the model cannot be used to guide public policy. However, the purpose of the model is to gain insights about what is possible over time given minimal assumptions about attraction and repulsion.