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  •  You can't fight lies with facts (4+ / 0-)
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    xaxnar, 417els, breakingranks, rmx2630

    It is important to remember that these people did not arrive at their conclusions by looking at facts or reasoning about them.  It is not an exaggeration to say many of them have been essentially brainwashed.  

    Fighting back against this approach requires deprogramming, not reasoned debate.

    I mention this elsewhere in a comment in this diary, but "The Political Brain" by Drew Westen does an excellent job of explaining how the right wing uses fear (and other emotional responses) to program their followers.  I think it is an absolute must read -- we need to understand how the right wing is manipulating people -- and we need to fight back in a way that will be effective.  Facts won't work.

    Link to Drew Westen's site:

    •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      I noticed it has been endorsed by Howard Dean.

      “Drew Westen is a must read and must hear for any Democrat… In 2008 we will win the presidency if our candidate reads and acts on this book.”

      —Howard Dean, Chairman, Democratic Party

      "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

      by rmx2630 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:53:39 PM PST

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