In the intro to The Coming Draft, Philip Gold mentions his "Arete'an" approach (named after his think tank/writers group [link]) to addressing public issues:
- Break the debate (get beyond preformatted arguments and mutual sneers);
- Assess ideas and solutions without regard to their origin; and
- Talk to people like they were people. I.e., "speak to people engagingly, and with respect. Both aspects matter. Engage them. Respect them. ... [Require and] rewards serious attention.
I want to commend Erin Solaro -- Philip Gold's wife and fellow writer (???) -- and Al Sends for [Di -- HELP?!]