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Morality, Politics and Persuasion | Scott Adams and John Wood, Jr.

How do we overcome the bitterness of American politics and change the way things are done? “Left of Bernie,” yet a consistent defender of President Trump; author, commentator and creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” Scott Adams is a fascinating or infuriating voice in the political conversation, depending on who you ask. But Scott is …

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How to Communicate the Chili Bowl Metaphor of American Identity

In my previous article, I argued that the chili bowl should be America’s new national metaphor. I said that it strikes the right balance between individuality and commonality. A chili bowl has unique and identifiable ingredients, but it is still held together with a single sauce.  People can maintain their unique identities, while also having …

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David Blankenhorn | C-SPAN

Braver Angels president and co-founder David Blankenhorn appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal for a lengthy discussion about the organization and how to restore civility to politics.

Some Benefits of the Large Democratic Primary Field

I’ve been moderating Braver Angels workshops for around two years, and there are several experiences that have been consistent for me from one workshop to the next. Among these is listening to the conclusions that participants draw from their time with us. Without fail, at least one participant will mention how much closer the two …

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To Depolarize or Not to Depolarize with Julie Kohler

Julie Kohler, author of the Washington Post article “How Calls to ‘Love Your Enemies’ Enforce the Status-Quo,” joins Ciaran and John for a back and forth about her own past critiques of Braver Angels, the proper place of empathy in political life, and the importance of depolarization to preserving the possibility for political progress in …

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