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  •  Fair point. (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Dirtandiron

    I can't recall Aristotle ever addressing propaganda as we know it (though I am by no means a philosophy scholar - just an amateur - so he may have and I simply don't know about it).

    But it does seem that no amount of facts will persuade some of our right wingers today. When confronted with facts that refute their position, they claim that our facts are wrong - they just claim it without any evidence - and they pacify themselves with slogans about 'liberal lies' and so forth.

    So I was really addressing this to our community and how we treat each other, because at least here, we all essentially agree on being fact-oriented and reality-based.

    Some conservatives can't be persuaded because it would cause them too much mental and emotional distress to let go of their worldview.

    But others can and we have seen some of them end up here, as former republicans, current democrats. Which I think happens when we present our case according to the outline above, and perhaps including fair appeals to emotion as well.

    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

    by LibrErica on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 12:59:18 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks. I understood your point. (1+ / 0-)
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      The question just occurred to me in the larger context of trying to make cogent arguments that might even reach beyond our community here.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:08:05 PM PDT

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