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ConsiderTHIS: Political Identity vs Ideology
March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)
What is your Political Identity? How do we define Conservative or Liberal (and what’s a Libertarian anyway)? Are they tied to the Political Parties or ideologies unto themselves?
Panelists: Tak Ready, government teacher at TC West High School; and Ben Boren, Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party.
Host: Anthony Weber, NMC Faculty
Although everyone agrees that there is a difference between being a conservative and being a liberal (or a progressive), it’s harder to say in precisely what that difference consists. Self-described conservatives might characterize liberal belief systems in ways that liberals themselves would not accept, and the same is true the other way around – liberals might be quick to mischaracterize conservatives in ways that self-described conservatives might not accept. Is there a way to characterize this distinction in ways that (most) everyone accepts?
Michael A. Roberto, The Art of Critical Decision Making (2009) Great Courses on CD
Van Jones, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (2017)
Donna Van Natten The Body Language of Politics: Decide Who Is Lying, Who Is Sincere, and How You’ll Vote (2020)
Jeff Flake, Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle (2017)
Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal, or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (2016)
Mickey Edwards, The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans (2012)
Lawrence Lessig, They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy (2019)
Ezra Klein, Why We’re Polarized (2020)
The Conservatarian Manifesto: Should Libertarians & Conservatives Unite? (2015)*
Moyers & Company: How Do Liberals and Conservatives See the World? (2012)*
TEDTalks: Jonathan Haidt—The Real Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives*
The Two-Party System Is Making America Ungovernable: A Debate (2014) *
*Available through Access Video on Demand through TADL’s website: www.tadl.org/at-home
Conor Friedersdorf, “What Americans Mean When They Say They’re Conservative”, The Atlantic, January 27, 2012 (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/what-americans-mean-when-they-say-theyre-conservative/252099/)
Ed Rooksby, “What Does It Mean to be a Liberal”, The Guardian, August 15, 2011 (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/15/liberalism-political-economic-different-ideologies)
Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs Compiled by the editors of StudentNewsDaily.com (2010) (https://www.studentnewsdaily.com/conservative-vs-liberal-beliefs/)
Visit the TADL Main Library to browse the CONSIDERTHIS: collection of books, located in the first floor lobby bookshelves, near the Hot Titles.