Arthur Brooks (@arthurbrooks) is a social scientist, Washington Post columnist, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and author of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.
What We Discuss with Arthur Brooks:
- Why happiness relies on being mindful of what you have right now instead of comparing yourself to others who have what you want.
- A disheartening statistic: One in six Americans has stopped talking to a family member or close friend entirely because of politics.
- How gratitude can be used as an anesthetic for contempt.
- Why a healthy society elevates authoritative leaders in search of cooperation for the greater good over coercive leaders who bully their way toward short-term results.
- Why we should commit not to be — or interact with people who hide behind being — anonymous on the Internet.
- And much more…
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In this episode, bestselling author and social scientist Arthur Brooks joins us to talk about his latest book, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.
If you care about how and why discourse in politics and America have changed, and how and why media figures and political pundits are using some pretty morally bankrupt tricks to get us to divide further apart and view one another with contempt, you won’t want to miss this one. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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According to Arthur Brooks, author of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, the population of the United States is more divided over politics than it’s been since The Civil War. 20 years ago, only six percent cared if their adult child married someone from the opposing political party. Now, it’s 40 percent.
And while we’re all screaming at each other over the angry maw of this division and feeding what Arthur calls a Culture of Contempt, the overwhelming majority of us don’t even desire this self-perpetuating rift or benefit from it in any meaningful way. Most of us want a return to civility in our discourse, but our collective sense of direction has been thrown off by a small percentage of the population benefiting from society’s confusion.
In this episode, Arthur presents us with five rules for subverting the Culture of Contempt as a gentle compass to guide us toward understanding — and loving — the people whom a malevolent few would have us believe are our enemies. This is a long ride, but let’s rejoice at the endless green lights along the way and arrive at the destination in celebration — together.
THANKS, ARTHUR BROOKS!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks
- Other Books by Arthur Brooks
- The Arthur Brooks Show
- Arthur Brooks at The Washington Post
- Arthur Brooks at The New York Times
- Arthur Brooks at Twitter
- American Enterprise Institute
- Shane Snow | Cognitive Self-Defense Against Intellectual Dishonesty, TJHS 202
- Arthur Brooks at Facebook
- Does Money Make You Happy? by Arthur C. Brooks, Christian Science Monitor
- Hedonic Treadmill, Investopedia
- The Atlantic
- 10 Reasons Why Oxytocin Is the Most Amazing Molecule in the World by George Dvorsy, Gizmodo
- “The Glory of God Is Man Fully Alive,” St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Crossroads Initiative
- Corona Extra, RateBeer
- Political Polarization at Its Worst since the Civil War by Laura Paisley, USC News
- What Is Rosy Retrospection? The Decision Lab
- The Pursuit (Documentary)
- The Vietnam War (Documentary)
- The Bombings of America That We Forgot by Bryan Burrough, Time
- How an American Heiress Became the Poster Child for Stockholm Syndrome by Jennifer Latson, Time
- At the 1968 DNC, Yippies Found Their Voice by Dave Roos, History
- Reefer Madness
- Venezuela: Who Is Juan Guaidó, the Man Who Declared Himself President? by Joe Parkin Daniels, The Guardian
- Free Solo
- 8 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed the World, (RED)
- Leadership That Gets Results by Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business Review
- “Cuckservative” — the Conservative Insult of the Month, Explained by David Weigel, The Washington Post
- Clint Watts | Surviving in a World of Fake News, TJHS 172
- The Federalist Papers, Congress.gov
- Opinion by the Dalai Lama: How Each of Us Can Break the Cycle of Hatred by The Dalai Lama and Arthur C. Brooks, The Washington Post via The Morning Call
- Milo Yiannopoulos Named Marshal for ‘Straight Pride’ Parade, The Hill
- Discernment: Making Inspired Choices by Joe Paprocki, Loyola Press
- FAE: The Big Mistake You’re Making about Other People (And How to Overcome It) by Jordan Harbinger
- Motive Attribution Asymmetry for Love Vs. Hate Drives Intractable Conflict by Adam Waytz, Liane L. Young, and Jeremy Ginges, PNAS
- Ad Hominem, Your Logical Fallacy Is
- Prisoner’s Dilemma, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Loving Your Enemies by Martin Luther King, Jr., Stanford University
- Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape by Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Miriam Juan-Torres, and Tim Dixon, More In Common
- The Boomerang Effect, Psychology Spot
- The Texas Sharpshooter, Your Logical Fallacy Is
- A Brief History of the Drug War, Drug Policy Alliance
- Revealed Preference, Investopedia
- Carl Jung on Living an Authentic Life by Jason E. Smith, Heartsfire Counseling
- Inverted Yield Curve, Investopedia
- If It Feels Right by David Brooks, The New York Times
- All Possess Equal Dignity in God’s Eyes, Today’s Catholic
- What to Know about the Origins of Fascism’s Brutal Ideology by Olivia B. Waxman, Time
- Jonathan Haidt | The Danger of Good Intentions and Safe Spaces, TJHS 90
- Moral Foundations Theory
- The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives by Jonathan Haidt, TED 2008
- The Secret to Human Happiness Is Earned Success by Arthur C. Brooks, AEI
- Seattle Seahawks
- Sick and Tired of the Culture of Contempt? Here Are 5 Ways You Can Subvert It by Arthur Brooks, TED
- Jaron Lanier | Why You Should Unplug from Social Media for Good, TJHS 156