Is there a book, essay, film, or something else you would recommend to someone who wants to understand your political philosophy?

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I take a lot of inspiration from Benjamin Franklin, and would highly recommend the biography written by Walter Issacson, as well as Franklin's autobiography. Franklin advocated for hard work, frugality, and compromise. Franklin said that compromise was a necessary thing when dealing with people who have differences of opinion. As he suggested at the Constitutional Convention, when a carpenter attempts to join two boards together, they plane a little off both sides to create a bond that will last for centuries. I think that compromise has become a dirty word, and that we should be more willing to listen to other perspectives and be able to talk to other people with different perspectives as well. That doesn't mean that we have to sacrifice our core values, but we should be willing to listen, learn, and teach.