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I just posted one of my favorite stories from Soul's new edition on Huffington Post, about how MoveOn and Christian Coalition came together to help save the internet as we knew it. I thought you'd like to see it. If you like it, I'd greatly appreciate going to the original Huffington Post page and commenting, because nothing keeps helps articles visible more than a lively discussion. Maybe you even have your own anecdotes of working with unlikely allies. (And again, it's going to be hard to respond to comments individually, but if you post them on Huffington Post I can).

Here's the story. Please do repost it, forward it, or otherwise pass it on. Might make a nice PS along with forwarding my email on Soul's new edition to organizations or friends, something I very much hope you'll do, since the book is traveling largely by word of mouth. And if you want other ways to pass the word, here are some suggestions.

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Soul of a Citizen: How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save the Internet Together

By Paul Rogat Loeb

Pursuing bipartisanship at the expense of conviction is a losing game, as we saw with the endless delays on the health care bill. But when we create unexpected alliances that cross political lines, they can yield powerful results. Consider how MoveOn and the Christian Coalition helped save the Internet as we know it.

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"When it comes to protecting Internet freedom, the Christian Coalition and MoveOn respectfully agree," read the New York Times ad. MoveOn was the largest progressive organization in America, and the Christian Coalition a key group for conservative religious activists. They'd never teamed up on anything before.

The story behind the ad began with a former Army Ranger captain and Christian Coalition activist named Joseph McCormick. After losing his Republican congressional campaign and being a 2000 Bush delegate, Joseph began to recoil at the polarization of American political debate. He dropped out of active politics and retraced Alexis de Tocqueville's journey across America, interviewing a mix of ordinary citizens and political leaders across the ideological spectrum. The discussions were so rich that Joseph decided to create gatherings that would bring together key organizational leaders of similarly differing perspectives.

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Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear,winner of the 2005 Nautilus Award for the best book on social change. See (more...)
 

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