James Hoggan recently joined the Lynda Steele show on CKNW to discuss I’m Right and You’re an Idiot and the toxic state of public discourse.
In the interview, Hoggan explains that the incivility of public conversations isn’t the most threatening part of the current state of public discourse.
The serious part of it is that democracies rely on collective discussions, thinking, and problem solving. When we feel we have a right to exclude groups — like in the United States right now with Muslims, Mexicans, women — then democracy breaks down. [In that situation] you can’t solve problems, things become petrified and change doesn’t happen. We live in a time when change needs to happen; decisions need to made about difficult issues whether they’re environmental or economic. We need to be able to have conversations where there is enough listening that we can get to some approximation of the truth.
Listen to interview below.