Bill Maher showed extraordinary open mindedness by having Representative Ron Paul on his show via satellite to explain his view of the current economic situation and the stimulus. It seems to me that liberals are, all to frequently, as intolerant of opposing ideology as are many conservatives. Maher frequently confesses that he knows little about economics; unfortunately this does not discourage him from siding with the Keynesian, big government policy. To his credit, he allowed Rep. Paul to explain the real cause of the ‘crisis’ and a give a brief overview of what should(not) be done. President Obama and other top government officials are refusing to hear, much less consider, the Austrian/ free market solution. It is quite refreshing to see a liberal who is willing to thoughtfully consider ideas with which he disagrees.
It is important to expose as many people as possible to our views. We can connect with people by finding common ground. Dr. Paul connected with Maher on social issues and was able to then expose him to a new economic perspective. We can reach out to those who agree with our economic viewpoint and use that as a foundation for exposing them to our social perspective and vice versa. So I encourage everyone to try to find an ideological commonality and use it to build upon when disseminating our views.