Introducing the Braver Angels Guidelines on Tolerance

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There is so much to be said about the importance of truth in modern society. All of us, myself included, worry about the future of a politics in which misinformation spreads from one corner to the next. For many of us, it is one in which even our mainstream institutions cannot be trusted to be truly honest.

In such a world facts have to matter. But before we can get there we have to be able to restore trust in one another. Only through the rekindling of social trust will we be able to reason together once again.

We cannot trust each other if we cannot tolerate the differences in our points of view. Still, aren’t some views wrong and perhaps dangerous as well?

Braver Angels members and followers deserve a clear understanding of the principles that guide us. That is why we have published these Braver Angels Guidelines on Tolerance so that everyone who participates in and observes Braver Angels may understand exactly what informs our editorial and programming decisions.

At Braver Angels we do not shy away from discussing controversial and difficult issues. In the past this has included subjects ranging from whether or not the United States is a white supremacist society to exploring the issues of alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the 2020 election. But as you will observe in our guidelines, we do not engage controversies for controversy’s sake. We talk about the issues that actively divide the American people; the very subjects we need to be in communication over if we are to understand each other enough to heal the wounds between us.

Please take a look at the guidelines linked to above and let us know your thoughts, agreements and concerns. Braver Angels continues to evolve, as we all do, in the work of bridging the divide. This work is neither easy, nor simple. But the moving that rises from it promises to revive the heart of goodwill in America. It is through this transformation that the promise of democracy survives.

Happy Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) to all those who may be celebrating. May the hope that fills you this day be a gift to us all.

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