Ottawa

Captive audience

Johannes Wheeldon finds lessons in the debates he organizes in prison.

It is often said that every politician ends up as a crook, a liar, or both. Maybe we should apply the lessons I have learned from the guys incarcerated at Coyote Ridge. Structure matters, evidence counts, and thinking on your feet are all paramount. Talking down to your audience is not a sensible option (especially in prison). Canadians might learn something from the guys in my classes who are trying to make amends by challenging themselves to understand what they think and why. I sure have.

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