To Get Along Better, We Need Better Arguments

Both parties complain about the polarization of American politics, but what can individual citizens do about it? We can’t singlehandedly civilize the internet or force elected officials to do their jobs. What we can do is improve the quality of our interactions with people who disagree with us about contentious issues. We have to learn how to argue better. The first step in improving the quality of our arguments is to stop thinking of them as fights or competitions. The goal of a good argument is not to attack enemies or to make opponents look silly. ….[READ]