Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. recap their recent journeys across the country discussing depolarization and reconciliation, Ciaran’s interview with Ezra Klein, the values that bind Americans and John’s feelings on Memorial Day.
USA Today // In the Trump age, political polarization in the United States has never been higher. Groups like Better Angels are promoting civility to lower angst.
That both parties continue to ask these questions—of where personhood begins and where autonomy ends—without pausing to adequately respond to the other side, is why the abortion debate has come to a standstill in the United States.
It is important to distinguish between pushing an agenda for greater women’s rights, and pushing an agenda for a woman’s right that affects the life of another being.
John Wood, Jr. highlights a surprising potential political partnership in congress, and reveals a new Better Angels process…
Greenfield Recorder // Alternating “red,” “blue,” “red,” blue” in their seating, 16 participants at a recent Better Angels workshop spent seven hours working toward bridging their political differences.
Chillecothe Gazette // The Better Angels Workshop has participants examining stereotypes: the ones they have about the other side of the political spectrum and also the ones that the other side might have about them.
Ciaran talks to Ezra Klein about the state of our public conversation, viewpoint diversity on college campuses, the rise of the intellectual dark web, and whether Better Angels can truly find values that meaningfully connect Americans across ideological differences.
With the spirits of our great heritage and our bright future in mind, let us move forth and depolarize America. Let us aim to serve, and go from there. Happy Memorial Day.
The depolarization movement should clearly highlight what similarities and commonalities people across political divides share.
Why did discussion of a principle we all agreed with (non-violence) wind up polarizing us?
Better Angels leader and media director John Wood, Jr. calls upon us to “Unite America,” addressing the challenges and arguments against depolarization in this special episode of The Better Angels Podcast.
Ciaran and John visited Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon to talk to a crowd of students and local community members about the problem of political polarization, how to combat it.
What we need is a deeper patriotism and a deeper diversity, each of which values citizens as individuals with their own combinations of values and beliefs, instead of pigeonholing them or criticizing them for failure to live up to our preconceptions.
Evangelical conservative community organizer Evan Chase comes by to talk faith and politics, race, community service, his support for Trump and the power of love to change society.
Ciaran and John talk about their roads to Better Angels, the Depolarization Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., the need for community and how to apply love in politics.
Depolarization, as we at Better Angels see it, is not so much about reducing partisanship or increasing moderation, as it is about re-building social ties and relationships across partisan divides, and reducing individuals’ sense of disgust for people of opposing political opinions.
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum stops by The Better Angels Podcast to talk polarization, campus politics and the challenges facing the Democratic field.
The hearings on William Barr’s confirmation for U.S. Attorney General were conducted with the mature civility one would expect from a deliberative body of responsible adults.
Hastings Star Gazette // Much of Doherty’s advice centers on active listening. The first step to a productive conversation where participants walk away learning, he said, is for everyone involved to commit to not trying to convert others to their beliefs.
CBS19 NEWS // Judith Minter, the co-moderator of Better-Angels.org, discusses Better Angels.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. talk to Arthur Brooks, the President of the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the recently-published “Love Your Enemies,” about his new book, antidotes to polarization, and the transformational power of love amidst today’s social-media-fueled rancor.
John, Greg, Randy and Better Angels editor Luke Phillips talk Mueller Report, the evolving story of Jussie Smollett, and the frustrations of justice and politics.
The Post-Star // If you are disgusted with politics and the current state of political parties, you should do something about it.
This week on the Better Angels Podcast Ciaran and John talk polarization and the Obama administration with Obama speech writer Terence Szuplat.
American politics has grown increasingly polarized over the past 20 years, degenerating after the 2016 election and in the Trump Presidency into all-out partisan warfare. Observing from the sidelines, a significant portion of the voting public has begun to sense a real danger in this fracturing of partisan politics, and are searching for solutions.
We need to make it acceptable again to see something, somewhere, that promulgates a worldview that’s different than ours, without immediately condemning it.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press // Bill Doherty gets emotional when he recites a favorite quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.
Molid, my Lyft driver, emanated an electric gratitude for life and all its blessings and his story reminded me of what is possible.
Better Angels leaders Ciaran O’Connor, John Wood, Jr., plus Greg Steinbrecher and Randy Lioz talk the politics of climate change, Israel, and the difficulty of charged conversations.