Episode 1.7: Taxes
Duke students Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sanchez engage in a civil discussion on the justification and appropriate application of taxes. Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.
"You can feel it when you pay your taxes..." flickr photo by ambimb flickr.com/photos/ambimb/3268620734 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
These days, extreme partisanship, a breakdown in civility, policy-making and process-driven gridlock, and other pathologies of modern politics have caused many Americans to lose trust in political institutions. The notion of individuals coming together to solve problems seems increasingly antiquated. However, most Duke University students want to hear what the other side thinks. They want to better understand the foundations of others’ beliefs. They want to learn how others’ experiences have shaped their world view.
The Devil’s Discourse Podcast captures these tough, honest, and respectful conversations, showcasing to the Duke community and to communities beyond that constructive dialogue is a first step toward jumpstarting cross-party collaboration and sound policy making.