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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?
As we rebelliously consider principles like respect + truth, we’re struck with how far away from common virtues we’ve drifted. What if we found our way back to them, improving the world while we do? We’re challenging Tallahassee to host or attend a Ben Franklin Circle. First 5 hosts receive 2 season tickets.