You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong) Conversations Between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative

ISBN-10: 1612344615

ISBN-13: 9781612344614

Edition: 2012

Authors: Phil Neisser, Jacob Hess

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Americans have been divided along political lines for so long that they have nearly forgotten how to talk to one another, much less how to listen. This is not likely to improve as long as differences between them continue to be cast in overly simplistic terms, such as ignorance vs. enlightened awareness or morality vs. reprobate immorality. Such dichotomies ignore the fact that many citizens who disagree politically nonetheless share a desire to work for the larger good of society.Phil Neisser, a self-described left-wing atheist, first met Jacob Hess, a social conservative, at the 2008 proceedings of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. After discovering a shared commitment to cross-party dialogue, they embarked together on a yearlong attempt to practice what they preached. In this book they share the result by exploring the boundaries of core disagreements about morality, power, gender roles, sexuality, race, big government, big business, and big media.Each chapter revolves around an issue explored in depth through back-and-forth, lively question and response. This nuanced, iterative process was transformative for both authors, and could likewise serve as a valuable resource for anyone—liberal or conservative—who feels disillusioned by today’s often shallow, demagogic public discourse.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 230
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

JACOB HESS is the research director at Utah Youth Village, a nonprofit for abused children in the Rocky Mountain region. In 2004 he helped to develop and co-facilitate a liberal-conservative dialogue course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--the first of its kind in the nation. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Differing Takes on Power and Authority
Big Government, Big Media, Big Business, and Big Religion
What to Make of Values and Morality
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