The Spirit of Compromise - 20:39 Generally, , outcome...

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20:39 Generally, most Americans like the idea of compromise Especially on issues of imminent danger, but then like to complain about the  outcome “Compromise is necessary and desirable in a democracy”  “Say yes to compromise, say no to compromises” There is a large tension between recognizing the need to compromise and feeling  like you are losing something by making a compromise Citizens can avoid having to personally compromise while accepting having to  compromise if they let politicians do all the dirty work for them Attitudes towards compromise are not inherently connected with a particular  ideology or party 2007 Pew Center study showed the both democrats and republicans favor  compromise in principle, but not in practice Large disconnect between attitudes about compromises and attitudes about making  particular compromises The value of compromise needs to return to decisions about specific compromises “The greater the resistance to compromise, the greater the bias in favor of the status  quo” Values of compromise in practice “enables improvements to the existing and ongoing state of affairs” Always ask: “Does the proposal (or any feasible alternative) represent an improvement  over the status quo?” “Resistance to compromise underminds practices of mutual respect that are essential  for a robust democratic process” Fears associated with compromising People fear that they are gaining less or losing more in making compromises with their  opponents   opposition to compromise 
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Factionalism described by Madison in Federalist #10
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