The essence of building a political coalition is finding disparate elements who can find common ground – not on everything, but on something.
I joined Better Angels to help depolarize America – to help America. I am finding that in the process I am expanding my circle of friends – some red, some blue – and that is a real “Better Angles” benefit – that benefits me as much as benefits America.
with John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O'Connor
John and Ciaran dive back into the government shutdown and immigration debate, imagining a new way forward. J and C also announce the Better Angels State of the Union event, two days after President Trump’s SOTU and the Democratic response, in Washington D.C.
Chris Jansing of Voice of the People reports on a Better Angels Workshop in North Carolina.
When times are good, when institutions are stable and prosperity abundant, it may be that we are less likely to ask fundamental questions about values in society.
A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas.
Charles Gupton Productions, 7/3/2018 This film captures the sentiments of the delegates of Better Angels, an organization focused on bringing together Americans from both sides
A little walk in the woods in America’s National Parks could help remind us what we’re here for.
The accusation of “liars” was hurled from both sides…which means that lying is still considered an insult in both camps!
Sound politics used to be about wedding empathy and patriotism. We may want to start doing that again.
This week… David Brooks (see below) painted a dim view of the state of the electorate, saying that we are
A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is
RealClearPolitics It’s a rainy, muggy day in Leesburg, Va. Although the town is 30 or so miles from the interminable
American politics has grown increasingly polarized over the past 20 years, degenerating after the 2016 election and in the Trump
A great deal of prime-time TV shows dominating popular culture today are, in fact, international television formats. Competitive shows like
Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA), – 6/20/18 A year ago, I was a stovepiped blue looking for reds, any reds, to
Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, in the thick doldrums of what for me and many of my friends was a genuine tragedy, I started to talk about empathy. I had been finding it tough to come to terms with the beliefs of some of the people I cared about in my life, but I was at least having conversations with them.