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.
This is not about agreeing or not. It’s about finding out that the other side isn’t composed of deranged, bigoted lunatics. There is a coherent, meaningful narrative about everything on the other side. My life has been enriched by this knowledge.
And I have to say that a whole bunch of these alternative stories make more sense than the ones that are the common wisdom on our side.
I think that everybody should familiarize themselves with the stories their political Other tells about any random 3 events or issues. A more nuanced worldview is always a great asset. It’s also fun because throughout the 60 books, I was constantly going, “oh, so this is how THEY see it! I had no idea!” It’s better than a mystery novel because there’s a revelation on every page.
If anybody has any suggestions on the popular conservative classics, do let me know. Who are considered the really scary ones?