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The epic allegory of our left and right-leaning ancestors, Two Tribes is the antidote to political polarization.
The epic allegory of our left and right-leaning ancestors, Two Tribes is the antidote to political polarization.
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Two Tribes - A Children's Book About Our Tribal Politics

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Two Tribes is an allegory for tribalism and political polarization in America today. Set in a land nearby but a time long ago, it tells the epic tale of our left and right-leaning ancestors who must overcome their differences in order to save their shared home. With Dr. Suess style rhymes, beautiful illustrations, and a comical but timely metaphor, Two Tribes is for kids and adults alike. 

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About the author

Hello! I'm Tyler. Two Tribes is my first book, and was written on a spark of inspiration (more on that later). I currently work in business operations, before that I volunteered full time in Nepal and Louisiana, and before that I worked for a healthcare software company. In case you were wondering, I don't identify with any political party. 

Where I'm coming from: I grew up in a conservative family, attended liberal schools, and have friends on both sides of the aisle. As someone with ties to people on both sides, I am really worried about the spread of tribalism and political extremism in America. I have watched good people become hateful and divisive, and seen families torn apart by differences in political opinions. I have met intelligent people who have lost faith in truth and reason, and heard normally kind individuals spew hateful insults. I'm guessing you've seen it too.     

Who is the illustrator?

Two Tribes was illustrated by Rachel Beenken. To see more of her amazing work or to get in touch, check out her website:  www.rachelbeenken.com

Inspiration!

The story of Two Tribes was inspired by a conversation I had with my dad. We were talking about a political issue, and after initially agreeing on most things, we started arguing because of a small difference in opinion. He saw things one way and I saw them another. We stopped listening to each other and instead tried to prove we were right. This only made it worse. We fixed nothing and strained our relationship, and we were further apart than when we had started. It seemed to me this was a microcosm of what was happening in politics in general, and I knew we weren't the only people having useless arguments. As a country we are stuck in a tug of war with each other, neither side willing to give an inch to gain a mile. 

This experience sparked the idea of Two Tribes. I imagined two groups of people, who because of a slight difference between them, struggle to address an issue that threatens them all. Although Two Tribes is a children's book, I hope it will be appreciated by kids and adults of all ages and political backgrounds.


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Why I'm raising money

Making and printing a book is surprisingly expensive. I'm raising money to cover the costs of the first print run. Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours have already gone into the creation of Two Tribes. Without much of a budget left, this Kickstarter will ensure that I can print the first physical copies and make the book available for purchase. 

1st print run: $7,500

 You mentioned 'political polarization'...what is that? 

In short, political polarization is when people sort themselves into political groups that become increasing hostile towards one another and more extreme and certain in their opinions or ideology. 

The Pew Research Center says that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history."


Why should you care? 

In a recent study, over 40% of participants in each political party said they view the other party as "downright evil." This would indicate almost 50 million voters in America believe that people on the other side are inherently evil, not just misinformed or of a different opinion. 

Additionally, nearly 1 in 5 participants agreed with the question: "Do you ever think we'd be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died?"

Americans no longer simply disagree with one another. They hate, fear, and are unwilling to work with people they disagree with. This is bad for the country and sets a terrible example for the next generation of voters. Worse, it sets the grounds for politically motivated violence and gives power to the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Polarization is a threat to everyone - left and right leaning alike. 


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What's the timeline for Two Tribes?  


Two Tribes was created with the help of the amazing team at Wise Ink Creative Publishing. 

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Risks and challenges

Our risks are limited. Two Tribes has been in the works for well over a year and is supported by the experienced team at Wise Ink Creative Publishing. Illustrations and designs for the book are finished, the story is completely written, and the digital details have already been sent to the printer. We just need help covering the costs of the first print run and associated fees.

One challenge we will face is getting the books printed and shipped in time for our estimate August delivery date. Our current schedule has us making the book available for purchase in mid-August. Depending on when we receive copies and how long it takes to pack and ship the books, backers could get their copies a little late.

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    The Two Tribes eBook

    For less than a burrito, you can help to end the spread of tribalism and political polarization in America. Receive the full Two Tribes eBook. Share it with your family on the other side of the country or send it through the interwebs to friends across the pond. Thanks for your support!

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    The Two Tribes Hardcover

    The real deal - a beautiful, colorful, hardcover copy. A great bedtime story, coffee table book, or classroom reading material. Don't worry, shipping is included and you'll get the book before it's available in stores!

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    Signed Two Tribes Hardcover

    Help accelerate the fund and get a personalized copy of Two Tribes hand signed by the author! Shipping included and you'll get the book before you can buy it in stores.

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    The Two Tribes Home Schooling Kit

    Talking to kids about politics can be difficult, especially in today's hostile atmosphere. Get a copy of Two Tribes plus access to our easy-to-use teaching guide to help you lead a conversation with your kids. It comes complete with discussion questions, key concepts, and a list of related resources for further exploration. Help raise a generation of wiser, more compassionate, and stronger kids!

    We will ship the hardcover free of charge. Plus, get the Two Tribes eBook as an added bonus!

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    Buy One, Share One

    Receive one copy for you and another for your friend, niece, nephew, son, daughter-in-law, cousin, racist grandma, that political junkie at work, or your crazy uncle. You can also ask us to donate your second copy to a library or literacy group.

    Plus, you'll get the Two Tribes eBook as a bonus! Great for sharing with friends and family across the pond.

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    Get Political! One For You, One For Them

    Receive one hardcover copy of Two Tribes for you, and we'll send one to the office of the politician or political figure of your choice. Send a message and let them know you don't approve of their polarizing tactics!

    Plus, get the Two Tribes eBook as an additional bonus!

    *When the Kickstarter ends, we'll reach out to ask which person you want us to send a copy to, and what message you'd like us to send with the book. We'll handle the shipping.

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    Make a Difference!

    Get a signed hardcover copy of Two Tribes for you, and we will donate 5 hardcover copies to the non-profit, library, or school of your choice!

    Not sure where to donate? We have a long list of organizations who are happy to receive donations. We can pick one for you.

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    The Two Tribes School Kit

    Talking to your students about politics can be difficult, especially in today's polarizing environment. Identity politics, tribalism, and group conflict are on the rise, and it's important that our kids learn how to recognize and deal with the challenges they pose to our society. Help raise the strong, wise, and compassionate leaders of tomorrow!

    Just in time for the new school year, get 10 hardcover copies of Two Tribes + our easy to use teaching guide + the Two Tribes eBook.

    ***Need a different quantity? You'll have the option to add more books to your order after the campaign is over.

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    Two Tribes Social Media Package

    Receive an individual shout-out from Two Tribes on social media! Great for organizations, political leaders, and organizers.

    We will post personalized Twitter, Facebook, AND Instagram posts with you or your organization tagged and give you the option to be featured on the Two Tribes website as a backer and resource for our readers. Get great publicity and help stop the spread of political polarization!

    You'll also get the Two Tribes eBook and a personalized signed hardcover copy.

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