This American Life #478: Red State Blue State

Continuing the theme about how we need to re-learn how to disagree without disrespect in our political conversations, I wanted to recommend the most recent This American Life episode. Called Red State Blue State, it’s a great episode. The first half of the episode has stories of friendships shattered by political disagreements among ordinary people. It’s eye-opening. (ear-opening?)

We need to stop assuming the worst about each other, and recognize that our 50/50 voting split is the result of two highly efficient parties who have reached some sort of Pareto optimal result in the battle for votes. We need to step back, and recenter the conversation away from the language used by people whose goal is to divide us.

That’s a rough thought. More when I have time.