“The opposite of any great truth
Is another great truth…”
Creative politics without competition? It’s un-American, and not nearly as much fun either. At the same time, one of the big problems with our modern politics is the obsession with winning… So we’ll be putting out monthly brainstorming challenges with a twist you might hate–at first–but we think it’s the perfect kind of contest for this site, an anti-contest D&D of contests if you will, and we’re betting we’ll be able to get your favorite companies and organizations to pony up prizes that will be unanimously appealing…
Challenge 1: Coal-Fired Plants
On the one hand, coal causes climate change; on the other hand, it is the lifeblood of many otherwise impoverished communities. Liberals, find a conservative; conservatives find a liberal, take a look our fair and balanced battery of facts and considerations, find a solution to this conundrum on which you can both agree, and send it in to us. We’ll publish the best and award prizes to as many as we can! Jump in–with *both* feet!
We’re also running a second, community-based contest series, the Equivalency Olympics. Each event will be about something good that the parties claim they’ve done (e.g. environmental protection, supporting the middle class) or, sadly, more often, something they accuse each of doing (e.g. speaking out of both sides of their mouths, fomenting violence, etc.) and liberal and conservative members of our community will be challenged to add specific instances to a Google Sheet gameboard. Weighing both sides of the electronic ledger will be some of the swingingest voters in the country (that would be Floridians, who else?), and we’ll be making a donation to the winning party in each event, which will tell you how seriously we’re taking this, because we hate giving politicians money (30%+ for taxes isn’t enough?). Let the end of “whataboutism” and “false equivalency” begin!
Event 1: Violence
Sad to say, but this is top of mind these days, so our first question is: which party or philosophy has been more responsible for physical violence, threats of violence, incitements to violence, celebrations of violence, and basic incivility over the last thirty years? We’re looking for specific examples in every case that you should be able to back with a citation from a reputable source if we can’t validate them ourselves. We want as many examples as possible, but as we’ll emphasize to our judges, not all cases are created equal, whether in words or action. We’ve seeded the contest with some entries to help you and wow, it looks like other members of the community have already been jumping in. Click here to begin!