“Policing, Vigilantes, and White Supremacy”
“Be Bold America!”
December 5, 2021 at 5:00pm (PT)
Every day we are drifting farther to the political right as a minority of the country uses brute force to undermine the basic tenets of our democracy.
This perspective is to win at all costs, as though we live in a zero-sum universe, rather than finding a balance on common ground when polar opposite perspectives exist.
It is a win at all costs mentality. Polarities of Democracy theory takes opposing perspectives in which one side wins and the other loses, and reframes them to create win-win for both perspectives.
The both-perspectives discussion is void in many states today with open carry laws. If we are unable to settle our differences through discourse, we are very likely heading to a second civil war. There are many planning it now.
Dr. William Benet is an activist, educator, and researcher who developed the Polarities of Democracy theory through his doctoral and post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto. He has over 50 years’ experience in politics and social justice activism. He served in the US Army from 1965 to 1968, followed by 28 years in the Monroe County Legislature in Rochester, New York, including five years as Majority Leader.
Dr. Benet currently holds academic appointments as a Dissertation Committee Chair with Walden University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, and an Associate Researcher with the University of Toronto’s Adult Education and Community Development Program. He serves as Vice-President and Senior Fellow for the Institute for Polarities of Democracy.
Dr. Benet’s work is now being used around the world by those seeing to make the promise of democracy a reality for all people.