Deliberation and action

There are two different phases in politics.
In the heat of an election or issue campaign, it’s time to act. The story has been framed long ago. Partisans know what they want, engage fellow partisans to take action, persuade fence-sitters to engage by interest and identity. When time to act is short, it’s counterproductive to return to first principles and question assumptions.
When a decision isn’t at stake, it’s time to talk and think. It’s time to talk to others with different views and ask questions – why do they hold their beliefs, What are the underlying values and motives? Who do they listen to, and why?
It’s time to think about how to reframe the discussion; what’s important, what will work, how to talk in a way that will be heard.

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