Finding Political Common Ground Doesn’t Necessarily Require Facts

Understanding another’s values can be more effective than a fact-based argument.

By Rhonda Fanning and Michael MarksAugust 15, 2017 1:39 pm

It seems these days that conservatives and liberals don’t agree on much, at least when it comes to politics. But often it’s not the disagreement itself that’s the source of conflict; it’s usually an inability to effectively articulate a perspective, that gets people into trouble.

Maximilian Kasy, an associate professor of economics at Harvard, suggests a few strategies to improve the way we talk about politics. His recent column in the Washington Post explains that trying to appeal to someone with facts doesn’t really help bridge the divide.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

— Why facts won’t necessarily sway the other side
— How liberals often focus on policy issues, while conservatives focus on market forces
— Why finding common ground can start with understanding another person’s values


Written by Caroline Covington.