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Changing Opinions?

Matt Lubchansky
© Matt Lubchansky

Is it almost impossible to change people’s opinions with facts? If so, is democracy doomed?



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    What have facts got to do with it? It’s all about the spin.

    Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  2. David Freeman wrote:

    The problem is we disagree on the facts. We don’t even agree on how to distiquish between fact and fiction much less fact vs opinion.

    Politics at the national level is, unfortunately, just a power struggle. I believe it has become more of a scrum between elites than a truly democratic process. I believe my favored elites are not evil but I’m afraid they’re more Machiavelian than Socratic in their means.

    Friday, September 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  3. Ralph wrote:

    Turns out the Internet creates more heat than light, at least in politics. Even after faulty “facts” have been debunked (eg. Trickle down economics) they still live on (eg. Kansas).

    The solution is to swamp them with more facts, persistence and voting. Hopefully in the long run sanity prevails. 80% of life is showing up.

    Friday, September 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  4. David Freeman wrote:

    Despite my cynicism, I’m definitely showing up with Ralph!!!
    Here in NC We have a remarkable candidate for Senate, Deborah Ross. We also have some solid folks running for the statehouse. There are lots of opportunities to influence politics down ballot.

    Friday, September 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  5. Ralph wrote:

    NC, sheesh God bless ya David! I thought PA was bad enough, but at least I don’t need to carry my birth certificate around in case I need to use a public restroom. Or is that “family value” edict still on hold down there?

    Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
  6. Wildwood wrote:

    Try living in Missouri. You can tell who they are pandering to by how they pronounce the state name. If they are in St. Louis or Kansas City, it is pronounced the way it is spelled. But outside those two places it ends in an “ah”. Code for I’m a good ole boy and love guns and hate everything else. I’m pretty sure they make two versions of each ad, one for the two cities and one for the rest of the state. I have to admit, I generally will not vote for someone who can’t pronounce the state name correctly. Shooting a gun in a political ad is mandatory. One current candidate for governor went so far as to shoot a gun and blow something up. He was polling way behind the others in the primary but won, I’m guessing because he blew up something in an ad. He appears to be behind in the current race, but after the primary who knows what will happen. Maybe his new ads will have bigger explosions and he will win again. Meanwhile our Democratic contenders move ever to the right so they can appeal to the vast swath of the “come to Jesus” crowd.

    Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink