Financial Foundations Framework, Leadership, Ethics, and Trust

What's Fair? Distrust, Opposition, and the Political Extremes

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We can think of people at the political extremes as being more sensitive to how government policy matches or does not match their moral values. Thus, understanding the moral concerns behind their opposition and distrust will be needed to have productive conversations or reach mutually agreeable resolutions. In the rest of this paper, we will examine how public officials might engage with the extremes, using libertarianism and progressive activism as examples. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive of all the views that can be found on the extremes nor to demean any views but rather to give examples of how to understand and engage these views.