Phil Neisser confronts and confounds the conventional wisdom. In a year where a longed-for unity is being promised and celebrated, Neisser argues that disagreement should be celebrated. Whether one agrees with Neisser or not, this provocative and elegantly written book brings much to our civic debate.
John Kenneth White, Catholic University of America
“Phil Neisser’s new book [You’re Not As Crazy As I Thought] is an eloquent contribution to the literature on democratic dialogue, deftly displaying the essential role disagreement plays in promoting a robust democracy. Well situated in the relevant literature, the book practices what it preaches, taking issue with the received wisdom in ways both thoughtful and considerate. This is an important contribution to the scholarship on the subject that provides a model for a better politics.”
Sanford F. Schram, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College