Skip to content

The L.A. Times' Terrible Advice How to Treat Your "Trumpite" Neighbors




What would you do if your political opponent shoveled your driveway? Search for ulterior motives? Give them cookies? You know something's wrong when you can't say thank you to some one who disagrees with you politically, and yet that's exactly what the (L.A. Times is publishing on its opinion page). In this episode, we look at why we hate our opponents, love winning, and value our tribe's success more than facts. But does this jive with what Jesus said about how to treat our enemies? Does it match Jesus' ethic of radical neighbor love, and bottomless forgiveness? Do you follow us on (Twitter)? Now's a great time to start: (@tmbtpodcast) Don't forget to follow (Keith) and (Patrick), too. Outline 0:15 - Follow our new (Twitter) account @tmbtpodcast 0:35 - Polarization in the US 3:00 - (Virginia Heffernan article) 14:20 - What does "unity" mean? 16:10 - Why are we so polarized, and how do we fix it?: 16:25 - (Coming Apart) by Charles Murray 19:35 - (Uncivil Agreement) by Lilliana Mason 22:20 - Pros to political polarization and how the parties have evolved 26:00 - Two mega-identities: civil rights and religion (and a bonus identity) 28:50 - Why conflict arises: (Henri Tajfel study ) 33:10 - (The Robbers Cave Experiment): tribalism 37:50 - Arguments over identities vs arguments over issues 39:50 - Living in isolation of your own tribe vs living in both worlds 45:50 - Antidote: seek people who disagree with you and listen 47:00 - Opportunity for leaders 48:45 - Use your imagination 50:50 - (1 Corinthians 13.7): Love 51:15 - Subscribe. Rate. Share. Social Facebook: ( Instagram: ( Twitter: ( Passages 1 Corinthians 13.7: ( References Virginia Hefferman article ("Virginia Heffernan: What can you do about the Trumpites next door?" by Virginia Heffernan from Tyler Morning Telegraph): ( Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray: ( Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity by Lilliana Mason: ( Henri Tajfel study ("Experiments in Intergroup Discrimination" by Henri Tajfel from Scientific American): ( The Robbers Cave Experiment by Dr. Saul McLeod from Simply Psychology: Support this podcast