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 22 | Making Impact In Debate
  Leaders on stage often do not understand their languaging styles and hijack their own speeches. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on the recent debate among the Democrats. Believing that the four horsemen are being used by the current administration to keep us polarized and to keep us opposing each other and not working together, they review the four horsemen of communication apocalypse and where the candidates are probably trapped.
PT 21 | Debate Season
  What is a debate? Today, Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on the debate season. Reviewing its meaning and purpose, they share their ideas on the importance of content rather than knowing who the smarter party is. In politics, there are fake and illusionary leaders. Through debates, these heads are challenged through their words and whether their actions follow after that. Bill and Tom talk about how candidates build their narratives on stage,
PT 20 | Conflict Resolution
  Racial bias has long been an issue in America. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss a hot topic revolving around Mayor Pete Buttigieg facing a challenge in his home city of South Bend, Indiana. With this issue, we will talk about conflict resolution with racial tension. The African-American community is furious, wanting Mayor Pete to show that he is on their side, and they’re claiming he should fire the officer immediately. Views
PT 19 | Mindreading In Politics
  Mindreading has become so overrated that even Donald Trump is using it as a strategy. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom continue their discussion on mindreading and why they consider it as a glorified thing in congress. They also discuss empathy and use Mitch McConell as an example of not empathizing with more vital things like the health funding of 9/11 first responders. Moreover, Bill and Tom talk about how media is no
  Looping a version of the truth to prevent others from hearing a better version can be detrimental to a nation and its people. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom impart to us their insights on how we become a better nation by knowing what is true or not from our politicians. Turning the corner and moving forward in a healthier way as a nation amidst Donald Trump’s regime has become a goal for
PT 17 | Identity And Mind Reading
  The influences that you have gained from others or our environment are forms of investments. This episode tackles how the influences we have gained affect our identities. Together with that, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about mind-reading and show how this is amplified in the legal and political aspect by citing Hilary Clinton being grilled on Benghazi. Tolerating mistakes for the sake of team identity is an example of truth being hijacked. With this
PT 16 | Confirmation Bias
  Confirmation bias defines identity or ideology in a very narrow way. Today, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deeper into explaining what it is all about and whether it can be applied in the common context of things or not. They talk about how Donald Trump’s ideologies are getting narrower every day and share their thoughts on congressman Justin Amash and his laws. Moreover, Bill and Tom discuss how confirmation bias can be a weapon
PT 15 | Confirmation Bias
  What is the Strawman, and how is it related to delivering truth? This follow-up episode on the straw man narrative reveals the crucial details still left undiscussed. Bill Stierle and Tom talk more about it, along with other issues related to purchasing truth. They discuss the Strawman leading in the confirmation basis, how to keep it in place, how it works best for a person, and how emotional load relates to it. On to