The Burgesses and Sanda Kaufman wrote Bernie Mayer and Jackie Font-Guzmán (authors of The Neutrality Trap), asking them to contribute their thoughts about the CRQ Framing Article to the subsequent online discussion. We are assembling all the posts that have resulted from this inquiry here, in chronological order, so people can read through the discussion as it developed (or, if you wish, go to the bottom of the list to see the newest post(s).
- Introducing a Discussion with Bernie Mayer and Jackie Font-Guzmán about Hyper-Polarization, Neutrality, and Oppression -- Is America's core problem hyper-polarization or oppression? Which is the cause and which is the effect? What does this imply about how we address both? -- Aug. 23
- The False Flag of Hyper-Polarization: A Response to Guy and Heidi Burgess’ Critique of The Neutrality Trap -- An approach that says we should focus on peace and not justice is not only bound to fail, it is dangerous in these times when our democracy is under attack and authoritarianism is on the rise.-- Aug. 24
- Not a False Flag, a More Effective Strategy for Fighting Oppression: the Burgesses Respond to Jackie Font-Guzmán and Bernie Mayer -- The conversation between Jackie, Bernie, and the Burgesses is a good example of the blind man and the elephant parable. We all need to look at the whole elephant! -- Aug. 30
We also encourage others to join this conversation and several already have. Other posts that relate to this multi-fasceted topic include:
- Louis Kriesberg: Comments on “Applying conflict resolution insights…” by Burgess, Burgess, and Kaufman -- Lou Kriesberg, co-author with Bruce Dayton of Constructive Conflicts, offers a variety of comments, including his view that "polarization" implies equivalence of responsibility, which is not accurate. -- Jun 27, 2022
- Larry Susskind: Consensus Building in the Age of Trump What was it like in the Age of Trump? -- Listening to or caring about "the other side" has become much less common in "the age of Trump," but that just makes the roles of neutrals all the more important. -- Jun 27, 2022
- Jay Rothman: The Reflexive Mediator — A summary of Jay Rothman's 2014 Negotiation Journal article in which Jay suggests mediators cannot be neutral, but they can be reflexive and use "disciplined bias" to reach resolution. — Sept. 9, 2022
- Summary of Lisa Schirch: Transforming the Colour of US Peacebuilding: Types of Dialogue to Protect and Advance Multi-racial Democracy -- A summary of an article focused on how peacebuilding dialogue and the movement for social justice should be complementary, not at odds with each other. — Sept. 22, 2022.
- Ken Cloke: Neutrality, Omni-Partiality, and the Evolution of Political Conflict -- We must overcome the hostile, adversarial, authoritarian forces that separate “us” from “them;” and realize that there is no “them,” there is only us. Then we can face our conflicts and crises together, as a diverse and cohesive community of problem solvers. - Sept. 23, 2022