21 December, 2009

How to Be Irrational

An interesting article from Daily Kos on winning an argument. The author posits that the best strategy is to first understand the opponent's arguments and counter accordingly. Seems obvious? Apparently not for those screaming talking heads found primarily on Fox News and other cable poltical shows. Thoughtful discourse is a relic of the past. Howling like a banshee and vile, baseless attacks now rule the airwaves. Will our descendents look back on our time with disdain like we do the Dark Ages? Will our great grandchildren pity our narrowmindedness and hate? Will they lament our squandered opportunities to create an open, honest society, safeguarded by the First Amendment for all, and not just for those who share the same point of view?