Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us
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Though conservative readers may part ways with the author, even they may be interested in the cogent analysis she provides. Weve all wrestled with questions like these, whether were shouting at a relative across the dinner table, quarreling with old classmates on social media, or chatting late into the night with friends.
Political and generational divides often dictate how questions such as these are answered, and when asked most people give automatic answers that roughly align with the broader position they believe is right – though many flounder when asked to detail their reasoning. You Can't Say Anything Anymore cuts right to the heart of these tensions, with the aim of demonstrating the importance of rigorous definitions and distinctions, revealing the arguments that break the stalemates, and equipping readers with the tools to identify and defend their positions.But progressives, too, can be mealy-mouthed when it comes to articulating the concepts held dear to their cause; they are no less prone to fumbling the reasons that make their cause the right cause for everyone and the only cause for democracy.
Drawing on Shahvisi’s work as a philosopher, and using live controversies, well-known case studies, and personal anecdotes, this audiobook reveals and analyses the power relations that shape our social world, and offers powerful ways to challenge them.
In my exoerience, combining effective, distributed ways of organizing with structured transformation of leaders and individuals will dawn a new day, and a more sustainable world. If we truly hope to participate in the political and moral quandaries of our time, Shahvisi argues, we need to be able to articulate our beliefs and values, and also why we believe them. This creates cultural and political tribes, makes people nervous about engaging at all, or leads to the issues to be trivialised or attributed to the excessive sensitivity of ‘snowflakes’ to ‘identity politics’.
There are those who think regional accents hold people back (note how they describe them as “thick”) and that they should lose them.Drawing on Shahvisi's work as a philosopher, and using live controversies, well-known case studies, and personal anecdotes, this book reveals and analyses the power relations that shape our social world, and offers powerful ways to challenge them. Clear writing and is helping me shape my often jumbled up feelings/thoughts regarding conversations around social justice and speaking points.