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The Village Square works with The New York Times podcast “The Run-Up” on conversations between Trump and Clinton supporters
Throughout those battles, antidotes to our civic poisons have always run through the American bloodstream too. Americans have continually found ways to neutralize their discord and catalyze diversity, turning them into sources of strength.
Early legislators came to work “in the spirit of avowed misunderstanding, without the smallest wish to agree.” Jefferson’s solution? He invited diverse lawmakers to dinner and was widely credited with saving democracy. Maybe we can too?
Anger in service of a moral cause we believe in is righteous – easy to understand and forgive it when it boils over. When it’s the other team’s moral cause though, it looks like an angry mob. Add partisan cherry-picking and it’s easy to understand why anger is escalating and people are afraid. We’ll aim for mutual understanding on left and right, before it’s too late.