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What doesn’t occur much at all in public forum is real dialogue between groups. Parties, movements, whatever; what we get is two sides shouting at each other, neither understanding the other, no dialectic whatsoever, à la Crossfire. Which is, of course, a rather hackneyed thing to say, that the media is lying/manipulative, or that the government doesn’t listen to the people. What I see as the reason behind this gridlock is the lack of discussion about ideas. We like on TV for our politicians and pundits to make real talk, say practical, common sense things, and tell it like it is. We fall victim to confirmation bias in these instances and root for our team to win the argument. Again, this is nothing new, but such facile debates could be done away with if people actually understood the movement or ideology they are a part of, and then tell people what it leads to and how.

For the past six years instead all we’ve heard is how this decision or that will affect job creation, ignoring underlying problems that have created the dearth of work, while blaming the government and simultaneously exhorting the government to encourage businesses to create jobs but not their own through public works in order to keep the debt down. So it’s a pretty big mess that we’re in. Why I’ve created this blog is to explore the ideas that then become actions that have made the United States the way they are at the moment. This blog won’t be without bias for a few reasons: that it is impossible; that it wouldn’t even be worthwhile to attempt; and that the idea of ‘without bias’ relies on the idea that all sides to a story are valid as truths, which they are not. What I will discuss is why the right believes what it does, why the left believes what it does, and how this affects policy and public opinion. These are the ideas that need to be discussed frankly and publicly. To quote from John Milton’s Areopagitica:

“And though all the windes of doctrin were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licencing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falshood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the wors, in a free and open encounter.”

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