How Can We Promote a Culture of Civility When Discussing Politics? DTH Episode 158 with Julian Adorney

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐–๐ž ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ?
Why is it that people these days are so terrified of people of differing opinions and mindsets? Do you think it may have something to do with the toxicity we see in social media? Or maybe it’s the bombardment of “if it bleeds it leads”, hate, violence and bad news from the main stream 24 hour news cycle? Could it be the politicians, outrage entrepreneurs and grievance grifters that are peddling a constant stream of Fear, Outrage and Grievance? Julian Adorney and I tackle the question, how can we promote a culture of civility when discussing politics?

๐–๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐€๐๐จ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ?
Julian Adorney is a former political op-ed writer and current nonprofit marketer. I recently became familiar with Julian when he co-authored a piece with Mark Johnson for the FAIR substack entitled “How to bring civility back to our politics”. His work has also been featured in FEE, National Review, Playboy, and Lawrence Reed’s economics anthology Excuse Me, Professor.
Julian brought so much value to this episode, but one take that stood out for me was:
Using toxicity to create outrage may produce short term gains in terms of clicks for the outrage entrepreneur, but it tends to produce a net loss for the movement because it hardens the hearts of those of the opposing mindset.

๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ฑ๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐‘จ๐’…๐’๐’“๐’๐’†๐’š ๐’๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’„๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’๐’๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’•๐’†.๐’„๐’๐’Ž

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

I bring this up because we are just weeks away from yet another contentious election. Accusations are flying, hyperbole is everywhere. Many people are not even having the conversation, they are just going to their corners and staring with disgust at the other side. Hate for the opposition is thick in the air and little of what is said about those on the opposing side is probably true. What would the world, and more specifically our country, be like if people of opposing views had civil discussions again?

It’s been incredibly busy for me in recent weeks, which hasn’t afforded me a lot of time for guest interviews and editing. I am incredibly fortunate to have some great archived episodes with some outstanding guests that I can pull from. One such guest is my friend Angel Eduardo. Getting along, made possible through conversation, is something that Angel does very well. Through his insightful writing, his work with multiple organizations and, as a podcast host on the FAIR perspective podcasts, Angel continues to do incredible work to better the world in which we live.

Episode 108: Does Free Speech Mean More Hate Speech? … with Dan Garscia

In this weekโ€™s episode, I am joined again by my friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. Weโ€™re shaking things up a little this week and doing things a bit different. Some current events have been on my mind as they are quite divisive, bringing out the hate in a lot of folks, so Iโ€™ve asked my friend Dan to join me for a conversation on those topics.

Our conversation starts with a discussion on Free Speech and Elon Muskโ€™s pending purchase of Twitter. The mere thought of an individual proposing a โ€œfree speechโ€ environment, purchasing the social media platform has many (of a certain mindset) apoplecticโ€ฆ

A whole lot of hate has been on display over the past week regarding the leaked Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wadeโ€ฆ There are an awful lot of misconceptions and ignorance floating around the internet ecosystem on this topic, and as the DTH listeners know, ignorance tends to lead to a whole bunch of HATEโ€ฆ

The perpetual victim mentality was on full display again this past week here in the state in which I live, Minnesota, when the mother of Daunte Wright decided to confront police with some attitude after seeing a high-risk arrest taking place along a Minnesota highway. This is not helpful and just leads to enhanced problems and hateโ€ฆ

Episode 102: From Left to Libertarian, A Pro-Human Perspective in the Twin Cities… with Dan Garscia

As many of the regular listeners know, I love organizations that are all about bringing people together, promoting unity and community while also recognizing that we are all individuals with our own thoughts and ideas. This is why I truly adore and respect organizations like FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism), Braver Angels and so many others that I have highlighted on the podcast. My friend Rick of Braver Angels recently introduced me Dan Garscia who is a spokesperson for the local Twin Cities chapter of FAIR.

The conversation in this episode was not originally meant to be one for broadcast, but just an introductory conversation between Dan and myself to find out more about FAIR Twin Cities. During the conversation, things were clicking with incredible synergy, so Dan and I decided this would be something of value to the DTH listeners. I have once again found a great collaborator for the Derate the Hate podcast in my new friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. Share this episode with your network, and more importantly, seek out and get involved with local chapters of great organizations like FAIR, Braver Angels and so many others doing great work to bring people together…