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I’ve been involved in enough discussions with lefties to know that facts don’t matter. I’ve got all the facts at the ready to prove: there is no “wage gap” between men and women that can be attributed to sexism. It is almost exclusively due to the career/job choices of individual women. My nieces (several of […]

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I am writing this in response to @tooshy post on Why Do We Believe What We Do?  I started out to make a series of comments but I think this works better as a post in its own right. I am not an evangelist but I do evangelism and have done evangelism for sixteen years […]

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Scott Adams argues that a ‘wall’, physical and digital, will stop ISIS from recruiting, and will be followed by a very brutal ‘ideological’ cleansing of the ISIS-controlled area: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/151056198611/the-wall-around-isis More

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In this 30-minute video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3BQGwESVbU Scott Adams discusses Trump’s tactics vs. Hillary’s, argues, at the 29 minute point, that Trump is permanently changing the Republican Party, and points out that Trump was able to soften his immigration stance after he had first paced (i.e. matched) his supporters views. (At the 14 minute point, he almost […]

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Adams discusses how he thinks people process the world, and how effective persuaders use this knowledge. He looks at the ways Hillary and Trump are trying to define each other and themselves. To me he is at least partly correct. What do you think?   More

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Ricochetti love to argue. Lawyers love to argue. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many Ricochetti are lawyers. That makes total sense, right? Or maybe it doesn’t. It’s an example of faulty logic, even if it’s factually true. Very few of us are ever taught logic; most of what I knew before I started studying for the law […]

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In his post https://ricochet.com/respectable-positions-on-trump/ St. Augustine mentions “Trump’s promises to intentionally target civilians in the war on terror.” as a reason to not vote for him. Others have reacted to similar over-the-top remarks by Trump pertaining to illegal Mexican immigration, as well as his promises to make Mexico pay for the wall, save Medicare, Medicaid […]

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Luke, Chapter 5: While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him […]

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Scott Adams, the creator of the ‘Dilbert’ cartoon, has a series of blog posts on Trump, analyzing the reasons for his success. Adams has studied persuasion and hypnosis (he’s a certified hypnotist) and after observing ‘The Donald’ in action, believes Trump is incredibly skilled in persuasion, going so far as to say of him “To […]

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Who Do Our Arguments Persuade?

 

On the member feed, Benjamin Glaser has a post titled “You Want to Know Why Ted Cruz Can Win?” that discusses the senator’s new campaign ad and the shocked reaction at its high quality from the Washington Post. It’s an eye-catching and powerful ad … to me. Big deal. But I was going to vote Republican anyway.

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Republicans, Give Me Something to Work With

 

I’ve been having some breakthrough conversations about politics and government with a Millenial who works with me. He’s an intelligent lad, and well-informed, though his limited life experience hasn’t chipped away at his idealism yet.

He has a number of conservative views and opinions — net neutrality, big data, TSA, etc. — although he doesn’t necessarily recognize them as such. But hey, it’s a start.

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The Lost Art of Political Persuasion

 

Persuasion used to matter in politics. A good politician was someone with the inclination — and the skill — to convince people who weren’t among his supporters to endorse his preferred policy or legislation.

There are many ways to accomplish this. Lyndon Johnson operated at the retail level, so to speak. Johnson was a master at twisting arms in the Senate, and cajoling members on both sides of the aisle into forming a coalition to pass whatever legislation he wanted. In contrast, Ronald Reagan worked wholesale. He had a genius for convincing millions of voters he was right and — through them — convincing his political opponents that supporting the president’s policies was the best way to keep their jobs.

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In a nutshell, ask your opponent to explain in detail how their idea would work in practice, step-by-step. Since most people cannot do that, their confidence in the idea itself is subsequently weakened: Recruiting a sample of Americans via the internet, they polled participants on a set of contentious US policy issues, such as imposing […]

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