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A Change is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America

Brian F. Harrison


Get your head out of your @*&. Snowflake. You’re an idiot. Stupid liberal. Ignorant conservative. It can feel good to use a disparaging name and dismiss a divergent belief or opinion but it turns people off from genuine engagement. At best, feelings are hurt and family and friends decide to avoid political discussions altogether. Often social groups break apart. How can deliberative democracy survive if we can’t even speak to people with whom we disagree? The conventional wisdom to avoid talking about politics has to change. We need to talk to each other about American politics more, especiall ... More

Keywords: American politics, public opinion, attitude change, political discussion, strategy, political psychology, interpersonal discussion, political science, political communication, LGBT rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian F. Harrison, author
Founder and President, Voters for Equality