Blog Posts - Political Argument



The Death of the Worthy Adversary

Good dialogical discourse conflates the distinctions between enemies and adversaries; that is, as a combination or fusion of the distinctions such that the two are not so different from one another. Certainly, our polarized culture makes a sharp dist...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 20, 2016

Me Talk Prettier Than You: Elite and Popular Discourse

One of the divides that has emerged more starkly from the Brexit debate and the candidacy of Donald Trump is the distinction between elite and popular discourse. Just being overly general for the moment, elite discourse is most associated with the ed...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 9, 2016

Don’t be Fooled by Trump’s Use of Studied Sincerity

The video below is a dramatization (although not much of one) of “common sense” and part of its infrastructure, namely, “sincerity.” Donald Trump has been trying to capitalize on this deep-seated American value where “common sense” or “...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 9, 2016

Future Work in Deliberation Will Tackle the Problem of Religiously and Ethnically Divided Societies

One of the biggest tensions in both politics and culture is the balance between membership in an ethnic community and the sense of belonging it provides versus a more capacious mentality with respect to respecting democratic ideals of inclusiveness a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 18, 2015

What Makes for “Difficult Conversations?”

Conversations are difficult when one or both parties are fixed on an ideological position they consider a core value fundamental to their concept of truth and personal identity. These difficult conversations are the genuinely “hard” part of manag...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 29, 2015

How to Reassign Meaning and Damage the Art of Conversation

Even though cynics and those who throw their hands up in the air in desperation at the difficulties and frustrations of conversation think that conversation is naïve, they are wrong. If you are going to avoid force or violence or ethically challenge...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 12, 2015

Israel as a Jewish State

If you want to listen to one of the finer minds around click here and listen to Ruth Gavison. This is a first-class intellect grappling with the issues of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and how it can achieve such. Just put your feet up and...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 7, 2015

Future Work in Deliberation Will Tackle the Problem of Religiously and Ethnically Divided Societies

One of the biggest tensions in both politics and culture is the balance between membership in an ethnic community and the sense of belonging it provides versus a more capacious mentality with respect to respecting democratic ideals of inclusiveness a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 1, 2015

Hebrew and Russian Language Vitality and Conflict

One way to track the power and influence of a culture is by watching the shifts in language use. People are attached to the language they speak and the culture it embodies. When a group speaks a language it’s because they perceive that language to...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 1, 2014

How to Understand “Reasonable Disagreement”

Ever have a political discussion with a friend and have it degenerate into incompatible positions that cause tension, anger, and exasperation? You have to learn how to appreciate “reasonable disagreement.” This is not a contradiction in terms; yo...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 11, 2013

Learning How to Talk to People

The polarization that currently characterizes the American political environment, and is graphically depicted above, is a consequence of the degeneration of political relationships. Political friendships treat opponents as respectful adversaries, no...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 7, 2013

Dangerously Rigid Political Opinions Can be Changed: Here is One Approach

Extreme opinions are one of the thorniest issues when it comes to trying to solve problems and the necessary “difficult conversations” required. But related to extreme opinions are rigid opinions; that is, those people who hold firm opinions from...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 8, 2013


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