I’ve found myself much more concerned these days with the welfare of other beings, including those with which we don’t associate the same sort of “sentience” we ourselves or our beloved pets possess.
This week offers a wonderful textbook case for one of the favorite technique of polarization: Instead of arguing the pros or cons of a controversial issue with the goal of working toward resolution, cynically use—indeed, supercharge— that issue to bash the other side.
with John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O'Connor
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.
featuring B.A. leaders
Better Angels co-founder Bill Doherty and national leader John Wood, Jr. spoke with educator Drew Perkins of The Teach Thought Podcast about the relationship between critical thinking, depolarization, and challenges in academia, bringing unique insight to tough questions.
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.
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.
John Wood, Jr. discusses the challenges of racial identity in Democratic society In front of an international audience of philanthropists and social entrepreneurs.
John Wood, Jr. talks with author Robin Koerner about the political divide in America, and what we can do to heal it.
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.
Fox News // Over the course of their adolescence and early adult life, they’ve watched our political culture descend into tribalism, rancor, and partisan warfare.
Among the many, many collateral damages caused by our current hyper-partisanship and political dysfunction, killing the notion of public service in the next generation will inflict the most lasting damage to our democracy.
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the better angels of our nature.”
The Federalist // ‘We’ve reached that point where we view people on the other side of the political divide not only as misguided, but as threats.’
State of the Union 2019: We’re so divided we see others who don’t agree with us as bad — Here’s our solution
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
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.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.