January 11, 2019

In all our passion to make America a better place, have we gotten lost in the fight?  Have we lost sight of what matters in our eagerness to be right and in our desire to be accepted?

Award-winning poet and filmmaker Max Stossel suggests that "when we let the fight take us over, we become unjust in our fight for justice."

Check out Stossel's brief an...

December 20, 2018

As American social and political discourse grows increasingly contentious, a variety of theories have been advanced to explain and explore the source and root causes of our current division.  In his excellent piece “The Outrage Epidemic”, economist Russ Roberts begins with a succinct overview of the situation and a warning of the seriousness of the...

The word “civity” is not new. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “civity” as an archaic, no-longer-used word for “city.”

“Civity” calls us back to the essence of “city,” which originally meant the people.

The people of a city.

Civity comes from the Latin civis, meaning citizen, and civitas, meaning the body of citizens. Other English words in the civ...

December 12, 2018

Is the media contributing to divisions in our country?

Do media outlets have a responsibility to remain objective, or are they entitled to pursue a partisan agenda?

Is there anyplace where I can find truly unbiased news?

On Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 3:30pm – 5:00pm PDT (adjust for your time zone), join Living Room Conversations for a free online (...

December 5, 2018

In this short and simple piece, Prince EA explains the commonality that runs deep within us in spite of the variances of our externality.  Truly illuminating!

Click the image to watch the video.

We built AllSides in part because we believe in the power of civility and civil discourse. AllSides helps people build relationships with those who are different from them, which we believe will ultimately improve our democracy.

But, could we be wrong? What if civility is actually a sham?

A TED Talk by political theorist Teresa Bejan r...

November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday begins the season of giving, when many of us make our end of the year charitable donations.  As always, there are many worthy causes that deserve our donations.  But this year, there is a cause that you may not have considered in the past which is desperately in need of your attention and your support: the health of our Country and o...

November 26, 2018

Are we after the facts, or after the truth?  It's strange to admit, but they're not always the same thing.

The facts may be true, but the truth is that facts aren't always the best answer.

The fact is that people don't know what to believe anymore, and the truth is that we have less and less faith in our leaders, our reporters, and each other these d...

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is unusual in comparison to the other federal holidays.  It marks no specific event in history, nor does it commemorate any historic figures or honor those who have served our country.  

There are those who trace Thanksgiving back to 1621, when the 50 surviving Pilgrims who had sailed on the Mayflower invited 90 Native Americans to...

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations.

Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re forced out of our filter bubbles. Suddenly we find ourselves...

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