Purchasing Truth

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Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal?  By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of the conversation about truth with perspective leads to a productive conversation in a partisan nation.  This podcast will address the use of language by our leaders and in the news that has been dividing us, distracting us, splitting us, and keeping us from the unity we desire.

Episode Blogs

PT 144 | Trump Presidency End
  Whether Donald Trump concedes to defeat or not, the writing on the wall says that he is not going to be in the White House come January 21st, 2021.  In fact, things are starting to happen right now that signal the end of the Trump era. What is Trump’s team doing in the last part of their performance? What becomes of the Trump voter who has become so heavily-invested in him? Bill Stierle and
PT 143 | Managing Emotions
  These days, the intersection between truth and information is becoming smaller and smaller, leaving us with nothing but opinions and biases that often clash with one another in spectacular ways. How do we manage our emotions in this era of informational overload and normalized intolerance? In this episode Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the unsettling reality that humanity has lost the ability to process truth from facts simply because of the sheer speed and
PT 142 | Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations
  With the election just recently concluded, a lot of politics is expected to be passed around at Thanksgiving dinner tables all around the country. Some people are looking forward to having these conversations while others are understandably anxious. How do we steer these conversations to actually achieve something helpful instead of starting fights and making everyone uncomfortable? What kind of language do we use or, more importantly, not use during these conversations? How do
PT 141 | Meeting Halfway
  As history has proven every time, the election has caused a massive and significant rift in America, from people’s attitude with others to the certain values they uphold. With the Democrats and Republicans divided from each other more than ever, meeting halfway has been challenging but still possible. Join Bill Stierle and Tom as they discuss how people can still agree on the most sensitive topics today despite their political differences. They also delve
  Many Americans heaved a sigh of relief when it became clear that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the election. But not everyone agrees that it is a cause for celebration. Very much in tune to what they have been doing before Election Day, Donald Trump’s camp continues to sow seeds of doubt and skepticism on the electoral process and results. How can we regain the truth and trust that has been undermined
PT 139 | Fossilization Of Thought
  We are fresh from election day, and if there is anything the polls are telling us for certain, it is that our country is as polarized as ever. Picking up from last episode’s discussion on the fossilization of thought, Bill Stierle and Tom now looks at the current state of the elections, how divided the people are, and where truth gets seeped with doubt and skepticism. They also talk about the role of the
PT 138 | Fossilization Of Thought
  Disinformation and partial truths are running rampant these days, and are easily accessed at that, that it won’t be surprising anymore how we’ll lose our ability to recognize statements of truth as a nation. But just because this is happening doesn’t mean we allow it. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom take you into a special series that taps into the fossilization of thought. Here, they talk about how this fossilization is happening
PT 137 | Cooperative Capitalism
  Cooperative capitalism is not an oxymoron. It is something we should strive for if we are to move forward as a nation and as a people. We have been so brainwashed by the notion that capitalism and “socialism” are so diametrically opposed that any action that “smells” of the latter is out to destroy the affluent society capitalism has allowed us to build. Bill Stierle and Tom demolish this line of thinking and assert