While visiting a relative, I mentioned visiting a younger member of our large extended family. My relative said “He is looking forward to arguing politics with you. He likes to argue.”
I had been thinking about how to deal with the many liberals among friends and relatives. Arguing politics is generally useless, even with the most positive-sum arguments and gentle styles, nobody’s mind is changed. I get a lot out of them because it stimulates thought, but those are usually better arguments, not changes to my base position.Most people are like that, we all become more intransigent, more fixed in our position, by the nature of arguments and minds.
Additionally, I am a professional propagandist*, so I know how to cut to the core and destroy their entire foundation of political thought. That is a large responsibility, people are not the same afterwards, and may not think you did them…
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