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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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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, his phone call with Georgia's Secretary of the State Brad Raffensperger gets leaked. Many are flabbergasted with its length and borderline mob boss feeling, but its course could have been changed (and dramatically shortened) if empathy lines were put into good use. Bill S…
 
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 wellbeing, there are still people who routinely underplay or even deny the existence of the threat. It’s an amazing testament to the selectiveness of the human brain that a person can literally sit a few blocks away f…
 
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…
 
When statements get repeated, they get amplified and magnified, creating a larger impact than what it initially could. This is especially true and even dangerous when it comes to truth. As the quote goes, “repeat a lie often, and it becomes a truth”. Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep into how repetition keeps showing up, highlighting its power and why…
 
It has been a month since the elections. Yet, claims of fraud in the voting system have made the elections seem unending. What is the truth, and how can you protect it from false claims? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how Donald Trump’s claims about the voting system, with the help of his surrogates, have stretched on and created big…
 
We are never rid of interesting things happening in our country. We’re still in the midst of President Donald Trump trying to cling to power. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom go in-depth into an interesting New York Times article that talks about the three key firewalls that saved the Republic from Donald Trump. In particular, they dive into e…
 
Language and communication are fickle things. It changes over time, depending on where you sit. We can see it now with President Donald Trump, sitting in a very different place than where he has been in the past. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom tackle this in relation to what the President said at the rally in support of Republican senators K…
 
One of the recent events that shocked many recently is Republican Gabriel Sterling’s, Georgia’s top election officials, very impassioned plea to Donald Trump. Long overdue but still needed to happen, he asked them to tone down the rhetoric and violent talk. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss this recent talk of the town and what it says …
 
Most people don't really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth. With what we see happening in our society right now, people don't seem to care so much about the truth as much as they care about believing that they are right. Join Bill Stierle and Tom on today’s podcast as they tackle professional et…
 
Whether Donald Trump concedes to defeat or not, the writing on the wall says that he is not going to be in the White House come January 21st, 2021. In fact, things are starting to happen right now that signal the end of the Trump era. What is Trump’s team doing in the last part of their performance? What becomes of the Trump voter who has become so…
 
These days, the intersection between truth and information is becoming smaller and smaller, leaving us with nothing but opinions and biases that often clash with one another in spectacular ways. How do we manage our emotions in this era of informational overload and normalized intolerance? In this episode Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the unsettling…
 
With the election just recently concluded, a lot of politics is expected to be passed around at Thanksgiving dinner tables all around the country. Some people are looking forward to having these conversations while others are understandably anxious. How do we steer these conversations to actually achieve something helpful instead of starting fights…
 
As history has proven every time, the election has caused a massive and significant rift in America, from people’s attitude with others to the certain values they uphold. With the Democrats and Republicans divided from each other more than ever, meeting halfway has been challenging but still possible. Join Bill Stierle and Tom as they discuss how p…
 
Many Americans heaved a sigh of relief when it became clear that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the election. But not everyone agrees that it is a cause for celebration. Very much in tune to what they have been doing before Election Day, Donald Trump’s camp continues to sow seeds of doubt and skepticism on the electoral process and results. H…
 
We are fresh from election day, and if there is anything the polls are telling us for certain, it is that our country is as polarized as ever. Picking up from last episode’s discussion on the fossilization of thought, Bill Stierle and Tom now looks at the current state of the elections, how divided the people are, and where truth gets seeped with d…
 
Disinformation and partial truths are running rampant these days, and are easily accessed at that, that it won’t be surprising anymore how we’ll lose our ability to recognize statements of truth as a nation. But just because this is happening doesn’t mean we allow it. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom take you into a special series that taps in…
 
Cooperative capitalism is not an oxymoron. It is something we should strive for if we are to move forward as a nation and as a people. We have been so brainwashed by the notion that capitalism and “socialism” are so diametrically opposed that any action that “smells” of the latter is out to destroy the affluent society capitalism has allowed us to …
 
The Second Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has been the hot topic these days, just as it is so. However, even with the coverage by the mainstream media, there is still so much that has been missed. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom got us covered as they discuss the bigger point of what the debate re…
 
The Presidential election is right around the corner. With it is the fate of the United States America. What would happen if Joe Biden wins? How about when Donald Trump wins? Picking up from the previous episode’s discussion, Bill Stierle and Tom take us into the second part of the worst-case scenario that could happen depending on the election’s r…
 
There is a lot of concern, if not outright fear, about what's going to happen after Election Day. Are you ready for the worst case scenario? Whether Donald Trump retains his seat of power or Joe Biden manages to snatch it away from him, there is a decent chance for things to get ugly somehow. People are bound to get furious whichever direction this…
 
Only a few weeks are left in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections. As the rivalry between parties and candidates intensifies, so does the disinformation from the Republicans. Bill Stierle and Tom try to wrap their minds around the staggering volume of twisted information out there to see how truth is being purchased. From Donald Trump’s so…
 
Are you exasperated yet? We are nearing the elections, and it seems like the nation is becoming more and more in contempt. The skill and communication on both sides of the aisle are not effective and cause more division. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom catch us up on the current state of the nation and where truth gets lost in using a divisiv…
 
Are we going through a national breakup? Whether you look at it as a nation being torn apart between Republicans and Democrats, or as a nation struggling to break away from the president that it placed in power, there are so many parallels between what is happening in the country right now and what happens in a marriage that is already on the rocks…
 
President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participated in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate last week. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the debate that’s been dubbed as the most painful to watch in the history of presidential debates, owing mostly to the format and structure – or the lack thereof! – as b…
 
If there is something to be said about the month of September, then it would be the reckoning of the Trump presidency. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about President Donald Trump’s defensive September, discussing the recent New York Times story revealing his tax history and the reconciliation that’s about to happen for our national iden…
 
If you listen to the number of Republicans who are not Trump supporters, it’s fairly easy to grasp why they’re not rallying behind Trump. Trump supporters, however, present a much more challenging task of understanding their message or the things they say. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom take a closer look at Trump supporters and the key trai…
 
The recent events happening in the political realm brings a lot of Pied Piper issues to the forefront. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the new truth and how people can twist themselves to fit the new truth when situations shift. Likening things to the Pied Piper story, they highlight how politicians are turning on their promise and…
 
It can be very frustrating how people can believe and say the things that they say which are one-sided without even looking at the truth. Worse is when they broadcast it on social media and are influencing people to believe the same. Today, Bill Stierle and Tom explore this Pied Piper of messaging, and specifically look at the way some people are c…
 
In a recent press briefing, US President Donald Trump was asked why he lied to the American people about the virility of the Coronavirus as he knew it to be back in February 2020. His answer? “I didn’t lie. I didn’t want to start a panic.” This brings the question of how do we define a lie? What is a lie anyway? And how do you communicate the truth…
 
Bob Woodward’s latest book on President Donald Trump called Rage has left so many stunned and shocked with its many revelations. Following excerpts of recordings of some of his interviews with Trump as a pre-release to the book, Bill Stierle and Tom jump on board to talk about the reporting on the Trump presidency as they face the global pandemic t…
 
When the need for choice runs into the need for safety, which one will you choose? On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom look into a recent post published on Reddit called “Freedom to not wear a mask” credited to Kathony Jerauld of Amador City. In the short passage tinged with a hint of sarcasm, the author welcomes everybody to a place called Th…
 
We can’t believe anything is true just because it’s on the internet. Unfortunately, many people believe things they see on the internet and take them as facts, especially when it's in alignment with their beliefs. On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom look into the power of published messages and how people perceive them as truth. Using a commer…
 
With the election looming on the horizon, it is no surprise that there are numerous messages flying back and forth. It's shocking how truth is being purchased on an hourly basis all day long through false messages, false narratives, doctored videos, and quotes taken far out of context. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about message editin…
 
The recent incident of the 17-year old from Illinois who killed a number of people in Kenosha, Washington, has left many shocked. Bill Stierle and Tom take up this current event that presents some pressing issues we're facing in this country and talk about truth in relation to citizen engagement. When should citizens engage? How much is too much en…
 
In the US, everybody can exercise free speech. People get to say what they want to say, but where do we draw the line? On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom take a look at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s statement about the recent Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting that stunned a lot of people both on the left and the right. Carlson appeared to have jus…
 
As we near October, people have become even more sensitive when it comes to the truth. In the coming elections, where is the October surprise going to be? How will the truth, or the purchasing of it rather, affect it? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom get right down to it. They talk about each of Joe Biden's and Donald Trump's camps, how they f…
 
Claiming something is true can potentially lead to the death of curiosity. For some people, it can be easy to jump from hearing a claim—especially from someone of power—to believing it as the truth, without taking the time to check. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about truth and curiosity and how they go hand in hand, particularly in th…
 
Joe Biden’s announcement that Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate for the 2020 election has stolen the news cycle for several days, much to the consternation of Donald Trump’s camp. This is not going away any sooner, either, as this candidacy presses on the throbbing sore of racial relations in America. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how K…
 
A “Potemkin village” signifies any deceptive or false construct, conjured often by cruel regimes, to deceive both those within the land and those peering in from outside. Scarily familiar? We may be experiencing this in America right now, especially with the way truth is being purchased. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep into the star…
 
From the police’s perspective, police rules, protocols and procedures are there so that the need for safety and protection of police officers and the need to respect the rights of the community are both ensured. What happens when there is a clash between the supposed need for safety and protection and the right to freedom and presumption of innocen…
 
When the government starts to pit freedom and security at each other as if they’re incompatible, you could easily be on the road to tyranny. Bill Stierle and Tom follow up on last episode’s conversation about tyranny and professional ethics, focusing on the issues surrounding Bill Barr’s appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee to face …
 
Would you know it if you were headed down the road to tyranny? If we take a look the many examples in the 20th century, then the answer would probably be no. As a matter of fact, people under tyranny rarely remember the last time they took a meaningful vote before they were taken over by it. Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on the book, On…
 
One of the most insidious things people can do with power is the ability to use “expert” authority to sway the masses to their version of the truth. This is certainly the case with the viral video of doctors in lab coats talking about Coronavirus and making claims that there is a cure for it and that there is no need to wear masks – contrary to wha…
 
As you may have known by now, there are so many ways that truth can be purchased in our daily lives. Most especially by people in power positions, the truth can easily be made to work for what they need and want others to believe. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about how that is being done in Portland, Oregon. They also tap into the rol…
 
There seems to be a lot of conspiracy theories being propagated. They strive to uncover the “truth” behind some of the biggest news stories, from the JFK assassination and the moon landing to supposed UFO sightings and COVID-19. On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom take a closer look at some of the most popular conspiracy theories in circulatio…
 
Little do we realize it, but our beliefs have the power to purchase truth from us. No matter what others say, if we are already bought into what we believe, it can be very difficult to see anything else. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about how our beliefs shape the truth, especially in the context of the current situation of our childr…
 
In our quest to find the truth, we also have to recognize that our brain purchases truth away from us by saying things that are not aligned with the truth but are in alignment with the stability and the certainty that a belief provides. This is very much evident in the rip-roaring dialogue about wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On today’s …
 
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