2320 - Civil Discourse or Civil Discord: Ideas You Might Not Hear So Often
If those who disagree politically simply have inaccurate or incomplete information, it is possible to resolve differences between them. If those who disagree believe the other is evil, no resolution is possible. Any serious discussion starts with the assumption that both sides have valid ideas. Ideas on the political right are sometimes not thoroughly presented in the mainstream media, though honestly refuting an idea means understanding it fully. This class is a presentation of conservative viewpoints held by serious people who are concerned about the future of all Americans and convinced that current policies harm all ethnic groups and fundamental aspects of our society. The goal is to inform, not to debate or convince. The course introduces different ideas and points to sources for further research. Knowledge can help tone down the anger in our political discussions and can create inquiring minds instead of negative assumptions. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion
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