The director of SIU Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute believes the university can lead a national discussion that’s long overdue: How do we create a new generation of bold, independent political compromisers?
That means molding leaders who “make decisions thinking long-term rather than hunkering and pivoting from one election to the next,” Shaw said. “Statesmanship is courage, to make hard decisions, compassion, to do so in a way that’s broad-minded, effectiveness, to prioritize getting things done, and civility: treating political opponents as people you disagree with, not as the enemy.”
“It’s a response to our current political environment,” Shaw said, marked by extreme polarization, excessive obedience to party caucuses, and the disappearance of moderate Democrats and Republicans.
These days, when Americans think about fundamental issues like the environment, race, immigration or the role of government, they are more influenced by political party affiliation…