A Made-Up Controversy - Us Against Them

A Made-Up Controversy -  Us Against Them

When people stop fighting and start listening, a funny thing happens. They realize they have much more in common than they thought.

Unfortunately, the media and the political medium encourage us to divide ourselves into "teams". There's us and then there's "them": whether it's conservative vs. liberal, progressive vs. tea party, republican vs. democrat or any other party, or right-wing vs. left-wing.

It becomes a barrier to constructive communication because we usually start off by assuming that we are diametrically opposed in our beliefs and our desires. However, is that really the case?

The following videos show a conversation between these supposedly opposite viewpoints and show that "we the people" actually have a lot more opinions in common that we have been led to believe.

Published on 16 Apr 2013

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler (who has since resigned from the organization) might be a conservative at heart, but this recent exchange from Seattle's Citizen University conference is an inspiring reminder that "right" and "left" share a lot more common ground than people might think.

This video is an excerpt from a talk at the Citizen University conference in Seattle on March 23rd 2013.

View the full discussion:

To learn more about the process Mark and Joan used to find common ground, check out Living Room Conversations

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