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    Re: Does Partisanship make it difficult for people to discuss politics?

    IMO partisanship isn't the problem. It's the symptom.

    The problem is intentionally remaining unaware of one's underlying biases, prejudices, privileges, and beliefs. Everyone has them, every single one.

    To not even make an effort to become aware of all of these, let alone address them, is to guarantee failure at attempting to debate someone whose biases, prejudices, privileges, or beliefs are very different from your own.
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    Re: Does Partisanship make it difficult for people to discuss politics?

    My approach is curiosity. I genuinely like to hear what the other side has to say. I read a lot of posts on this forum without saying a word. If I am knowledgeable of the topic I will post up. Otherwise I listen to what is being posted.

    My boss is a staunch liberal and I can have a great interesting conversation with him on just about any topic involving politics. No issues no worries. Every time we meet up we tend discuss what's going on in the world. He has interesting points and I enjoy hearing them. It never ends up in a yelling match.

    I also have friends who give conservatives a bad name. They are so right leaning I tend to not have many conversations with them. Most of the folks I know who are conservative are knowledgeable and it's a pleasure to discuss topics with them.

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    Re: Does Partisanship make it difficult for people to discuss politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    I don't think that I am making any stunning revelation by stating the obvious fact that politics is a controversial subject, with people of many different viewpoints arguing together. It is also no surprise to anyone that politics can divide people over all kinds subjects.

    Now there is nothing wrong with having different points of view, but I sometimes worry that some people's political views are so partisan that they cannot acknowledge people that hold different political positions then they do. In fact, it often feels like people hate each other for having different political leanings.

    My question is an open one: how do you approach political discussions?
    If the others are partisan hack morons, there is no point in wasting valuable time with them.

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    Re: Does Partisanship make it difficult for people to discuss politics?

    Partisanship doesn't make it difficult to discuss politics; it makes it impossible.

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