Chris Walsh, Director of Freedom and Democracy at the George W. Bush Institute, weighs in on the New York Times‘ “America in Focus” opinion project, which asks a group of Americans why it’s so difficult to trust each other.
Walsh argues that we don’t have to agree on every issue to restore trust in each other. He discusses why pluralism – social tolerance for individuals or groups who have different backgrounds, views, or beliefs – is crucial to this idea. It preserves democracy by allowing us to disagree without using harm or violence.
Learn more about how we coexist in our big, diverse democracy in The Pluralism Challenge series.