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Common Ground Chat: The Tea Party

READ. ARGUE. LISTEN. ACT. A New Kind of Online Chat

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to what we hope will be a polarization-busting chat - our attempt to find some common ground around some common issues. We're inviting anyone from anywhere on the political spectrum to get out of their silos and chat directly with others about the proposition "True or False: The Tea Party Is Good For America."

Here's how it works: we'll pair two chatters at a time for five minutes each pair, giving each a chance to state their case around a specific aspect of this topic. They'll have ample room to disagree but also a chance to say if they heard each other and learned anything new. Then, others may chime in too, and a new pairing will begin. Our very own Brian Lehrer will moderate - read, argue, listen, maybe change some minds or find some common ground.

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Comments [1]

I commend you for this effort to have people debate about the role of government in our lives...I find among my own friends great reluctance to discuss differences of opinions on this...listening ( not necessarily agreeing) to other intelligent people is an essential component of a healthy democracy, at least I think so...

Sep. 30 2010 10:52 AM

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