What should you do now that the election is over? Well… You could check out the AllSides Dictionary, where you can look up how different people – from left, right, and center – understand and use hot button political terms, from Abortion to Zionism (we now have 400 entries, and more are on the way). The idea is to reveal how different people with different political backgrounds think about and react to controversial terms and concepts. Through this vehicle was can teach each other; learn from each other, form new coalitions, and reduce hatred and misunderstanding. If, that is, the dictionary becomes like Wikipedia, a go-to place to look up things. Please help us by clicking a lot in the site and by telling everyone you know about it.
Dear Fans of Dialogue
There’s a new series you might be interested in: The Future of Western Civilization, by an English bloke named Nicholas Beecroft. The books consist of dozens of interviews with a wide range of activists and thinkers many of whom are doing great things and/or offering thoughts very much worth hearing. The premise is that “Western Civilization” is a tradition with great things to offer, and that carries within its tradition many contemporary “visionary leaders” who have much to offer. And, while I’m not sure the word “Western” rally makes any sense at this point, I do very much see his point. Also, premise aside, Beecroft is a good writer and many of the interviews are excellent. (There is, btw, an interview of my coauthor and me is in Book Four of Series 1, but I promise I haven’t read it, and it us up to you whether or not that one is “excellent”).
Here are some links:
Series Video Trailer http://youtu.be/9M_bLxeJ4Wk
Also: Nick will share free copies for review, and if you would like to do that you should join the FoWC Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/438696922812104/) or follow Nick on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Future_of_West).
You might be interested in a brief essay just published online by Jacob Hess, my conservative co-author. In it he does a good job of laying out some differences between how liberals and conservatives view problems. Here’s the link: http://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/jacob-z-hess/american-politics-beyond-angels-and-demons