You have two teams of 12 people each (reasonable gender and racial mix).
Team A 3 liberal educators, 3 liberal pundits, 3 union officers, 3 liberal entertainers.
Team B 12 similar conservatives.
Put each on a similar island with similar resources including plentiful water, arable land, wood and rock. Allow each person a personal knife, first aid kit, 3 changes of clothing, boots, a rain slick, one blanket, a few lighters, plus matches in waterproof container, an old army-style mess kit, 50 feet of rope, 300 feet of twine, notebook, several pens or pencils and a canteen. Give each team 4 hatchets, 4 saws, 4 hammers and agreed upon amount of nails as well as 3 guns and agreed upon ammo. No cell phones allowed but one computer for each team with power and protection from elements provided, along with a digital camera and video recorder. There will be a doctor nearby for real medical emergencies in either team.
They are allowed to keep and use anything they create.
No team will ever be forced to eject a team member but each team always has the option of ejection of one who is holding them back (limited to one person per week). They also have enough food for the first 60 days then they're on their own.
The objective is to live on that island a year. The winning team is the one who achieves the highest standard of living including quality of shelter, food supply and creature comforts. What we would learn is which group has a philosophy that is practical and which group consists of "get it done" type people.
I think I already know how it would work out.