Discovering the Political Other

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I was asked about my journey of leaving the liberal bubble and discovering that the political Other isn’t evil.

It all started in 2017. After Trump got elected, I saw my side descend into insanity and start propagating the most deranged, ridiculous stories.

I listened, watched, fumed, and then suddenly wondered, “hey, what if it’s not the first time? What if other things are lies, too?”

So I started researching. In the past 2 years, I read maybe 50 or 60 books – full-length books, not articles – from the other side. And I’m very glad I did. I now know the alternative story on pretty much everything. Racism, the civil rights movement, Ruby Ridge, Bill Clinton, the Bushes, 1990s in NYC, FDR, OJ, LBJ. Even 18th century history. Even Sarah Palin. It’s fascinating because it’s all completely new to me. It’s like a whole different world out there.


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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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