Jun 07, 2012 12:07 PM

Part 2 :
Goldberg is right in theory but misses some important points. First of all, most liberals and conservatives actually agree on the goals for America – freedom and prosperity – but disagree in part about what that freedom and prosperity imply and how to get there.
Conservatives, more than liberals, measure prosperity by average prosperity (the mean) while liberals, more than conservatives, measure prosperity by the prosperity of the average person (the median). Since the median is always less than the mean, Conservatives, compared to liberals, value the prosperity of the wealthy more than the poor. But this difference is much smaller than the areas of agreement and the potential for rational compromise should be obvious.