AEI President, Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise and host of The Arthur Brooks Show. Arthur Brooks joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to discuss his new podcast, The Arthur Brooks Show, and the importance of "disagreeing better."
On his new podcast, The Arthur Brooks Show: This podcast is based on something I've been thinking about for a long time, but I saw a statistic that really worried me. This came from the PEW Research Center recently and I learned that 20% of Americans have stopped speaking to a family member or close friend because of political disagreements. It's sort of blowing my mind and then I read that 40% of Americans actually would be upset if their child married someone from the wrong party. (1:22)
On what 'disagreeing better' means: Well, to begin with not disagreeing less is really important and the reason is that disagreement is the nature of the competition of ideas. One of the things that sets America apart from other countries in the world and makes us a better place to live and bring up your kids and more excellent place in the world is that we're very much the first country in history that believes competition is good. We're not afraid of competition in our economies. We call that capitalism. We're not afraid of competition in our politics. We call that politics. (4:00)
On what 'better' looks like: Better means remembering that disagreeing with each other shouldn't be something that leads to hating each other or treating each other with contempt. (5:56)
On Obama saying we need to listen to the other side in his speech in South Africa: Phenomenal. I love it and again, I didn't vote for President Obama either time and I wouldn't vote for him today, but not because I hate him or not because I think he's stupid or corrupt. On the contrary, I admire his hard work and his intelligence. I just disagree with his politics and I disagree his policy ideas. (9:21)
On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments on capitalism: 80% of starvation level poverty has been eradicated, an 80% reduction. That's 2 billion of our brothers and sisters have been pulled out of poverty and the reason for that is globalization and free trade and property rights and rule of law and the American culture of capitalism spreading around the world. Capitalism is a good for the poor of the world not for the rich. (13:19)