Ciaran O'Connor

Ciaran O'Connor

Ciaran O'Connor is the Chief Marketing Officer for Braver Angels.

A Politics of Love

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What are the underlying structures in our political system that enforce polarization? How have the profit incentives in our media ecosystem evolved to deepen division rather than communicate a shared reality? How has political corruption degraded our expectations of our leaders to the point that even the most brazen forms of self-dealing come to be seen as, sadly, par the course?

And ultimately, how can we move from a politics of hate to a politics of love? Braver Angels Chief Marketing Officer Ciaran O’Connor interviews Harvard Law Professor and former candidate for President Lawrence Lessig.

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