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Jeff Smith: The common ground is always there.

Jeff Smith has more experience in political conversation than most of us ever will. He believes that our neighborhood political conversations are better focus groups than those manufactured by political consultants, and that in those informal focus groups we can come to understand why our neighbors believe what they believe and—yes—counteract misinformation. His advice for productive political conversation: Establish trust by listening to find the common ground. Continue reading

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“Most stupidity isn’t really stupidity.”

“Well YOU were the one who brought it up!” My conversation partner snapped at me. He  was irritated by my request that he define ‘government-run health care,’ which he adamantly opposed. “I’m sure I did not  use that term,” I … Continue reading

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