“We Must Not Be Enemies.” That is the title of Michael Austin’s latest book based on a quote taken from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address. “Lincoln understood that disagreement drives democracy,” says Austin. “So how we disagree becomes really, really important.”
He continues, “Human beings usually end up with the government they deserve. We have a polarized country right now and a very polarized government. And the government is a consequence of our inability to get along with each other.”
Austin goes on to put the current polarization in historical context and offer suggestions for how we can disagree without trying to destroy our opponents.