Wednesday, October 25, 2017

You're Not As Crazy As I thought (But You're Still Wrong) by Phil Neisser and Jacob Hess

Politics these days is more of a minefield than ever.  Between the 24 hour news cycle and social media, it seems like more people are talking about politics than ever before. Unfortunately,  social media political dialogue is closer to an echo chamber than an actual conversation.  Liberals and conservatives are talking constantly about the issues of the day.  But they're not talking to each other, and it seems sometimes like nobody is listening.

That's what You're Not As Crazy As I Thought (But You're Still Wrong) is attempting to remedy.  Phil Neisser (liberal and atheist) and Jacob Hess (religious and conservative) start a conversation in print to try and find common ground and better understand each other's point of view.  From the nature of authority and the role of the media to same-sex relationships and racism, the two share their perspectives.  But unlike the talking heads on cable news, the intent here is not to persuade, but to explain and understand.

The book didn't change my political opinions, but it did help me understand the other side, and it challenged me to mentally defend my own positions.  The authors provide living proof that people of good will can hold vastly different opinions on issues and not hate each other.

If you're interested in politics, Virginia Beach Public Library has a wide range of books on the subject from every part of the spectrum.  If you are interested in keeping up with the news, we also provide access to newspaper and magazine databases.  Ask at your local library for more information.

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