Do We Have Friends With Whom we Disagree?

As we were discussing a few ideas with our friends--in particular our upcoming book Wedged-- we got some very interesting feedback about the potential to have productive conversations with people one disagrees with:

“I think your movement has a major problem… lots of people just don’t have friends that disagree with them. I don’t really know anyone that disagrees with me on abortion, gay marriage, or gun control.”

It was an enlightening and thought-provoking insight for us to consider. And a very important challenge for building the community that we want to build.

So we want to get your input as readers: do you have a lot of friends that you disagree with about political and cultural topics? A few? None?

Either way: why do you think it is the case? Is it geographical happenstance (your town has a particular political makeup), or have groups you know that think differently pushed each other away?

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Pew Research found that those it marked as “consistently conservative” tend to mostly hear opinions like their own on Facebook, and those marked as “consistently liberal” frequently “de-friend” Facebook users that post opinions contrary to theirs.

How can we all extend our reach to be able to learn from people that disagree with us?

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Erik Fogg

US political and cultural dialogue is broken, and we intend to change that. We're starting by giving you Something to Consider.