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Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal? By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of ...
 
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The current anti-vaccination movement depends on certainty and bias that leads to hubris. How do you effectively communicate truth to change their minds? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how certainty breeds bias and hubris. They talk about communication and how we need to communicate the truth better if we want to sway the thinking of…
 
Words matter. The words that are coming out of your mouth, your parent's mouth, the President's mouth. It all matters, and it impacts people. The huge anti-vax issue in the United States is a good example of this. People are getting influenced because one person said this about the vaccine. People have to be more careful with what they say. The tru…
 
Is the media tailoring the news to misinform or disinform? In today’s episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how information is being portrayed in light of the recent events with Florida’s COVID surge and the decision not to implement mask mandates. Information is all around us and is something that constantly circulates. But whether or not the info…
 
The tribalism and loyalty of people to their “teams” is one of the issues plaguing us, stopping rational discourse in business and politics. Many place loyalty before truth and this causes division in America. In this episode, Tom and Bill Stierle discuss how team loyalty is causing damage to Team America. We hear about the testimony of Capitol Pol…
 
Deeply-held beliefs are often what cause divisions between people. What does it take to change a belief? We discuss this question as Bill Stierle and Tom talk about changing belief structures, especially in today’s pandemic world. They discuss how belief structures are constructed and how a belief can be challenged and ultimately, changed. Tune in …
 
As the world enters the vaccination stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it now faces a brand new battle: the fight against people spreading misinformation. With all the different beliefs surrounding the vaccine, many people's lives are put at stake. Instead of highlighting why this medical intervention must be prioritized, everything is focused on stir…
 
In 1995, an astrophysicist by the name of Carl Sagan wrote a book predicting how the population would continue to pursue truth in a technology-driven world. Unbeknownst to many, his predictions from twenty-five years ago are exactly our reality today. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom break down an excerpt from Carl Sagan’s book, The Demon-Haun…
 
The facts are unequivocal. There is now enough data to suggest that vaccinated people tend NOT to get sick, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19. But if you’ve been following Purchasing Truth for some time, you would know that there is almost nothing facts can do to change beliefs. Despite the overwhelming evidence we now have, millions of America…
 
You can’t smooth one surface without creating friction from another, and you can’t create harmony by singing only one note. The same goes for people having conflicting opinions. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how having difficult conversations is the only way to create progress in a path to the truth. They tackle why difficult conver…
 
Fake news, clickbait, and irresponsible journalism have been common problems in media that have now injected themselves into the norm. When it comes down to who is responsible, it can only fall on the hands of media outlets whose job is writing and disseminating the news. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep and share their thoughts on h…
 
Now, more than ever, in a political climate filled with so much division, it is crucial to have the ability to discern what is subjective and what is objective. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the difference between subjective truth versus objective truth and offer examples in multiple contexts such as business and politics. As people consume more inf…
 
A seed of doubt can purchase the truth. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the right-wing website, Revolve, and how it implied that the FBI planned the January 6th attack. It planted skepticism by posing multiple questions to the readers. In doing so, it leads readers away from knowing whether the accusation is true or not and instead ma…
 
When people get into a fight or flight situation, truth is sacrificed in favor of comfortable, yet false, positives. Bill Stierle and Tom dissect Gary Tuchman's conversation with Pennsylvania Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano, focusing on the reporter's struggle to control the conversation. They discuss how people go to great lengths to challeng…
 
The January 6th Capitol insurrection was a divisive moment in recent history that has scarred the country’s heart and soul. Changes in society have spurred many to believe in the great replacement conspiracy theory, yet what is it, really? Our host Bill Stierle and his co-host, Tom, discuss the events of January 6th and the surprising results of th…
 
Taking a close look at our government and politics can pull out a lot of dirt. With everything that’s happening in the country right now, do you believe that America will care about the truth again? Bill Stierle and Tom get into a hot discussion about the issues surrounding the country and how disconnected the government and businesses are from int…
 
How does a person’s emotional reactions relate to dealing with the rule of law? Bill Stierle and Tom discuss what happened in an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, talking about the incident involving a man who called 911 for assistance in a robbery taking place at his neighbor’s home. They highlight the impact of the man’s emotional re…
 
Republican Liz Cheney is currently on a brave advocacy campaign for truth. Her calling out of Donald Trump and decision to choose a different path from the GOP resulted in the House of Representative ousting her from leadership. Bill Stierle and Tom delve into this path she currently treads, reflecting she pulls into the spotlight the importance of…
 
Everyone has their own versions of the truth because of the belief messages they have heard (or created) and accepted as truth. One topic will always be refuted by another because they either believe it so much or are aggressively against it. Sadly, the entire nation is saturated in this kind of messaging, and therefore putting America into further…
 
Everybody loves an occasional controversy, but they quickly become toxic if left unchecked. Bill Stierle and Tom continue their conversation about the power of acting controversial, this time elaborating on how political commentators’ opinions on politics can leave a rather lingering bitter taste in the mouth of the general public. They also highli…
 
Tucker Carlson said “If you see a child wearing a mask, call the police because that’s child abuse.” Who would’ve thought that saying something controversial would actually be considered as a marketing strategy? Tucker Carlson, whether you like it or not, knows how to rile up an audience. Businesses these days would intentionally spout controversia…
 
Just because something's on video doesn't mean it is the absolute truth. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the George Floyd incident and how different the outcome would have been if we didn’t have the video footage. In this video-based society we live in, we have different messages coming in from different directions. As a result, our p…
 
The previous episode of "Purchasing Truth" taught us how something as small as a speck of dust can expand out of all proportion and become a big, powerful communication hailstone. This is especially true when it comes to the words we speak, particularly when they come from the mouths of influential people. As if things can't get even more out of ha…
 
A few words in a catchphrase can gain weight if they are repeated over and over again, gaining momentum, and causing a huge impact once they hit the intended recipient. This hailstone principle is a popular strategy in marketing, allowing businesses to convey their message to the audience without the need for lengthy materials. However, it can be u…
 
There's a prevailing belief about debt that if you're steeped in it, it's a bad thing. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how this belief may be true for personal debt, but that's not necessarily true for business debt and government debt. Businesses and governments often have to get into a lot of debt to get the economy running – producing businesses an…
 
The United States needs certain structures for it to run effectively, but it seems like the nation doesn’t necessarily agree on what constitutes infrastructure. For the Republicans, the proposed infrastructure bill is nothing but a government spending spree. For the Democrats, the bill is critical for facility buildup and also for job-creation. Wha…
 
The American Presidential press conference is one of the sought-out activities for the general public to observe because of its subtle surprises. Every word and punctuation mark from President Joe Biden will be labeled for everyone's ears. While that sounds collectively obedient, not everyone listens to affirm: it may be that they are waiting for a…
 
We were all taught not to pollute our natural environment, however, as societies proceeded to grow and expand, we gradually slipped from our original promises to our surroundings. Letting our environmental responsibilities fall away has exacerbated the problem to the point that we are no longer in the prevention phase of our environmental obligatio…
 
Every action and every deed as a politician is etched into people's minds. Realism tells us that people will only recall the wrong and immoral parts of every situation, even when someone is still in the process of facing a mistake. Is there a conventional way to conveniently handle and own up to mistakes and issues? A wrong response in those situat…
 
Society's overall moral high ground is like a goalpost that constantly moves from one place to another throughout the years. Without it firmly rooted to the ground, many situations we typically considered wrong or unacceptable in the past may become tolerable today. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the many possibilities of how such an ever-changing an…
 
When only the soundbite matters, will America know what it actually stands for? The media so easily creates a soundbite from a sliver of truth and then spins a narrative it wants to promote, while the listeners choose which narrative best fits their biases. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how Ted Cruz misrepresented the American Rescu…
 
Donald Trump has resurfaced in the public eye at the CPA Conference and rolls out his greatest hits of labeling and diagnosing everyone who he sees as a threat. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep into Donald Trump's effective messaging and how people, particularly the Republican party, can act to take the flute out of the pied piper's …
 
Conflict creates tension. However, there’s a lot of money that can be made by offering something for sale, taking the opportunity to buy away, and then injecting the fear of missing out into a person so they buy. Although conflicts keep loyal followers close, when you’re buying and investing in an upset, there’s a big probability you won’t become a…
 
Capitalism, done the American way, has a way of messing up with people when it comes to serious supply and demand situations. We have seen this unfold during the early days of the pandemic, when the government tried to structure its messaging in such a way that people wouldn’t panic-buy masks and short the supply, which was very much needed by heal…
 
The power of media and public information is undoubtedly powerful - especially in today’s digital age - and it has all been magnified by the pandemic. As this time of hyper exposure – and hypersensitivity – will probably continue for the foreseeable future, the Republican Party is challenged to walk on media eggshells. Bill Stierle and Tom talk abo…
 
The drama of Donald Trump’s second impeachment is over and it’s interesting how the criminal courts are going to deal with the people who were responsible for the insurrection. For what it’s worth, the trial has shown two very different kinds of leadership. On the one hand, we have the Democrats under Nancy Pelosi, who are consistently missing on e…
 
Bill Stierle and Tom continue to feel disheartened as senators are clearly determined to acquit Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial at the expense of the greater good. It seems they are willing to sacrifice the truth and America's constitution for their political survival. How can America regain its integrity when trust and respect are thr…
 
As the Senate is about to commence Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, it has become clear that the former president is willing to throw his supporters under the bus to escape culpability in the Capitol storming incident. What does Trump’s “bad apples” argument say about his leadership? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the leaders…
 
Most Americans like to think of themselves as ideologically-free and treat “ideology” as a dirty word that they would never apply to themselves. But the fact that there are polarities in the country over this and that issue is the strongest indication that we live and breathe ideologies. There is a silent civil war going on – one that is fought in …
 
Truth is relative, and a big part of that relativity is a person's perception. What one person believes will be relative to their beliefs about how they perceive something as true. Where this relativity starts to become dangerous is when people fail to consider the full range of truth or experiences possible in the human condition. In this episode,…
 
Is the Republican Party going to split into two factions? As recent events show, the party is certainly not in unified. The move by Arizona Republicans to censure Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey and Cindy McCain over “disloyalty” to former President Donald Trump shows just how much the party is moving in conflicting directions. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss …
 
Now that the US presidential election is over and Joe Biden finally takes the helm as chief, America shifts into its political detox phase. It may be a time to heal and unite: it is also a time of potential political amnesia. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how Republicans might resort to simply pretending that the Trump era did not happen at all in a…
 
Now that Donald Trump has lost his megaphone on social media after being censored by the big sites, his supporters in Congress ought to realize that they have to be more accountable for the soundbites they try to put forward. That’s far from being the case, however, as some of these recent examples show. If you were to listen to the hearings on Don…
 
Every one of us is entitled to more things than one, and sometimes, we take them for granted. However, falling into the depths of reverse entitlement is another topic entirely, and it may lead to uncalled actions and horrifying results. Bill Stierle and Tom look back once again to the violent riot at Capitol Hill on January 6 and how reverse entitl…
 
Just six days into the new year, the entire United States was rocked when a huge mob stormed Capitol Hill to stop the certification of presidential votes. When we follow the breadcrumbs left by this disastrous event, we may discover them leading to President Trump and his allies, all calling on people to resort to violence. However, some of his mos…
 
January 6th was the day violence erupted in the US Capital, when a mob of Donald Trump supporters charged the Capitol building. If there is one positive benefit anyone can gather from this event, it is an understanding of how powerfully our words matter. This was evident throughout Trump’s presidency, including the day that his words sparked this a…
 
When everyone thought President Donald Trump couldn't surprise us any longer we hear his recorded phone call with Georgia's Secretary of the State Brad Raffensperger. Many are flabbergasted at the length of the call and with its borderline mob boss feeling. The course of the call could have been changed (and dramatically shortened) if empathetic co…
 
Almost everyone with access to the Internet is online, relying on what is displayed on the screen for news and “facts.” Coupled with this huge shift in the way we gather news is the dissemination of fake news. After teasing listeners for a couple of episodes, Bill Stierle and Tom finally go deeply into the documentary film After Truth: Disinformati…
 
Although the news media is designed to deliver dispassionate facts to the public, ratings and viewership numbers are still rooted in emotions. The impact of disinformation is undoubtedly significant when doubt and skepticism are sowed for the sake of influencing these numbers. Bill Stierle and Tom sit down to dissect how disinformation is spread, e…
 
The year 2020 has been defined in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its obvious impact on the world’s economy, health and well-being, there are still people who routinely underplay or even deny the existence of the threat. It’s an amazing testament to the selectivity of the human brain that a person can literally sit a few blocks away fr…
 
The power of repetition is in how it makes a statement look like a fact, and the same can be seen occurring when it comes to purchasing truth. When everyone around you has bought into something, no matter whether you join in or not, you can still easily be influenced by it. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the purchasing of truth an…
 
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