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  •  Loyalty to principle only, and action on that (1+ / 0-)
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    This is Game Theory's Prisoner's Dilemma, and the only winning strategy [for influencing policy] is tit-for-tat.  

    Your first move should be cooperative [we've certainly killed ourselves doing that], and after that you do whatever your opponent [in other words, your elected representative] did last.  You have to be consistent in punishing moves that hurt you, and you have to be consistent in rewarding moves that help you.  

    To get your opponent to cooperate consistently, you have to consistently be willing to get hurt - in single cases - and stay with tit-for-tat.  Forget promises, respond predictably to actions.

    Always supporting the Lesser Evil is the always-cooperating policy, which is a sucker's losing strategy.

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