RQ is committed to giving people resources to navigate difficult conversations and topics, especially when those conversations happen in person and in good faith.
Starting in October, we’ll offer both general resource guides as well as specific resources and further reading based on articles and stories we publish, culled from our own reading and suggestions from readers, and an event series will begin in early 2020.
Particularly as we move into a major election year, we’ll provide resources that will help people evaluate arguments logically rather than politically, and to spot cognitive biases in ourselves and other people.
If you’re interested in being notified when these resources are available, please make sure to sign up on our mailing list. You can also submit resources here. And don’t forget to subscribe!
From issue one, look forward to reading resources for two different articles:
”CARD CARRYING KAREN”
We profiled Karen Randal, a woman in her 70s who has suffered from chronic pain and who spoke of her own possible issues with the opioid painkiller she was prescribed. We’re compiling a short survey of resources to help those interested in exploring pain treatment and addiction recovery options that include mindfulness, medical marijuana, and evidence-based alternatives to 12-step programs.
”NO, LIBERAL LEFTIES ARE NOT RIGHT WING”
In this article, British author and academic Helen Pluckrose makes the argument that in small circles of the extreme left a dangerous authoritarianism, dogmatism, and illiberal ideology has taken over, and that it’s costing the left elections. She also posits that many people to the right of the extreme left express skepticism that we live, in the West, in a white supremacist, patriarchal, homophobic society, even if these same people are willing to counter racism, sexism, or homophobia when they see it. As we ready ourselves for a presidential election that will force necessary and more full-throated conversations about, for instance, racism as it relates to party ideology, we’re compiling a survey of resources to frame important conversations Pluckrose leaves room for: what is just? what is true? what will win elections? Is that the goal? How do arguments from differing ideologies on the left inform one another in creating a path forward, including a strategy to engage more conservative Americans?
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