Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism.

by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong Aeon Dec 19, 2018 Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell me so to my face. How can we still be friends? Part of the answer is that these friends and I are philosophers, and philosophers … Continue reading Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism.

The John Birch Society is still influencing American politics, 60 years after its founding

  by Christopher Towler Conversation Dec 6, 2018 The retired candy entrepreneur Robert Welch founded the John Birch Society 60 years ago to push back against what he perceived as a growing American welfare state modeled on communism and the federal government’s push to desegregate America. Although Welch’s group never amassed more than 100,000 dues-paying members, … Continue reading The John Birch Society is still influencing American politics, 60 years after its founding

The Real Origins of the Religious Right: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (9)

They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record is clear: It was segregation. By Randall Balmer Politico One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. … Continue reading The Real Origins of the Religious Right: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (9)