Over the past several months I have been encouraged by finding self-identified “classical liberals” calling for more dialogue between opposing views in response to the volatile political climate. One of these voices is Dave Rubin. I respect what he is trying to do even though I disagree with him on many levels in terms of policy. He is trying to maintain consistency of character and a set of ideals as opposed to following the wayward (and increasingly left-leaning) movements of the broader American political industrial complex. He is asking questions instead of just accepting what he is being told by popular culture and he has the courage to have conversations with people he disagrees with. I respect this very much and see it as a model for how we should responsibly care for and reunite our country. Indeed, at least in principle, we should be open to being persuaded by opposing views.
I think the reason the Rubin Report is an attractive model of political discourse is for the following reasons:
- Both people involved in the interview know what to expect- They are about to interact on a divisive topic that the other potentially disagrees. It is an appropriate setting.
- There is an openness to share their personal views with each other without fear of reprisal.
- There is an understanding that, although there is a desire to solve problems and resolve disagreements, that this might not happen right away.
- They follow the general formula laid out in a previous article HERE:
- They attempt to not misrepresent the other side
- They are not averse to being exposed to contrary beliefs
- They do not name call
- They do not assume all members of a group agree on every issue
- They attempt to follow principles and not feelings alone
- They agree that not all ideas are equally beneficial (even though they might disagree on which ideas are most beneficial)
- They have introspected and attempted to understand themselves
- They understand the basics of argumentation and logic
Again, I do not agree with him on most things but I would gladly sit down with him and have a conversation. I highly recommend watching some of his interviews below:
Christina Hoff Sommers and Dave Rubin: Feminism, Free Speech, Gamergate [Full Interview] (I have not watched this yet but look forward to it!)