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American Political Discourse

Taking the Argument to Them

Phil Campbell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Phil Campbell

By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.

4 Ways to Improve the State of Political Discourse Online

Rand Strauss | Posted 01.08.2013 | Technology
Rand Strauss

Instead of ignoring posts and comments as your blood boils with disagreement, I propose we change the state of political discourse online. After all, we are all debating for a common cause: the well-being of our nation and the citizens who reside within it.

The Five Cardinal Sins of Progressive Activists

Mark Osler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Mark Osler

We live in a world that too often values conflict over solutions, and loud voices over wise ones. Avoiding the mistakes described below may not only make you more effective, but help make our public discourse more civil and productive.

Beyond the Myth of 9/11: The Path of Self-Examination

James Block | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
James Block

September 11 was not only a trauma but, as with any crisis of identity, an opportunity for greater maturity. This would require serious reappraisal of the national project, beginning with the lure of self-mythology itself.

10 Things This Liberal, Social Justice Christian, Progressive Democrat Has In Common With Conservative, Evangelical Christian, Tea Party Republicans

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It is with this yearning that I offer this list of five and affirmations and five confessions that I believe I hold in common with many of the folks who sit on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

Arizona Tragedy Breathes Life Into Discourse Debate

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

The Arizona shooting is an unmitigated tragedy, but if this event can fuel a transformation in our public discourse, it will be a small glimmer on a dark moment in history.

We Are Not Enemies

Gareth Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Harris

Some people say that America is through, that Americans need enemies to unite them, that if we don't have one, someone will make one up. I don't agree.