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  •  sigh (1+ / 0-)
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    consensus means just that, and you're disagreeing with the consensus.

    I am sure you can find someone to agree with you. It's still not the consensus opinion.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 01:45:05 PM PDT

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    •  True enough (1+ / 0-)
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      I've just got enough history under my belt to know that "majority does not equal correct", and a belief that democracy should be more than "two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch."

      I find it significant that the Johns Hopkins Gun Policy Summit experts differed in opinion to the extent that the final statement could not be said to have been endorsed by other than with a term that means "general agreement". Not "near-unanimous", not "great majority", "clear majority" or even "majority". Consensus.

      You and I have a consensus that some reform in gun laws is a good thing. That is an accurate use of the word consenus. Now that we have a consensus...

      it may not be the case that every expert endorsed every specific recommendation.
      Does framing it in terms of our discussion make what "consensus" means in terms of specific policy recommendations a little clearer?

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