Emily Tompkins and Joseph Loftus

Recorded February 22, 2023 Archived February 22, 2023 53:49 minutes
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One Small Step partners Emily Tomkins (29) and Joseph "Joe" Loftus (68) discuss their different political beliefs and find common ground around income inequality and being "introverts."

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TRACK 1 Both partners share why they wanted to participate in One Small Step.
Emily explains why she defines herself as a "leftist" rather than a "liberal."
Joe explains why he considers himself to be "right wing," but liberal when it comes to social issues.
Both partners share their observations about injustice and why it can be difficult to know what actions to take as individuals when problems are systemic.
Both partners share their experiences of personal transportation and traveling by car around the United States.
Joe discusses how he ended up working as a mechanic and electrician.
Emily shares her discomfort around "liberal's distain for the working class." Joe shares his observation that all workers "think they are the indispensable ones" no matter what they do.
Emily explains why she considers herself socialist rather than communist.
TRACK 2 Both partners discuss who has been most influential in their lives.
Both partners share that they consider themselves "introverts."
Both partners share what they will take with them from this conversation.


  • Emily Tompkins
  • Joseph Loftus

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