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Opinion: Maybe we should try listening, for a change


November 12, 2018

It might be that our political discourse is what it is because those involved are satisfied with the status quo.

The rest of us spend a lot of time wringing our hands over the apparent impossibility to find common ground on any important issues, at least until we realize that the loud voices on both the right and left aren't really all that interested in compromise.

Political tribalism is evidently more comfortable and satisfying than actually trying to work through and find solutions to intractable problems.

Psychologists have a term for this phenomenon. It's "reactive devaluation." A June...

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