June 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Braver Angels Debate: Violence in the Political Process
Resolved: Citizens threatening violent resistance against oppression is a crucial check and balance in the American political system.
You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Braver Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a competitive high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.
A Braver Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.
Braver Angels’ Debates might help you understand the debate process that we use.