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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The U.S. 2022 midterms Red Wave

Whatever. Some of the races remain to be called. But, there will be no huge "wave" ousting many Democratic incumbents.

…[M]any Americans have grown alienated from an idea at the heart of democratic theory: that you change things by changing minds—by persuading.

This challenge to persuasion has taken myriad forms. Social movements that need to grow to win have often seemed to devote more energy to keeping people out than pulling people in. Political campaigns frequently receive advice to focus on mobilizing sympathetic voters more than winning over skeptics. People have watched as tens of millions of their loved ones mentally disappear into online rabbit holes and cults, but little organized effort is made to bring them back or protect future victims. Leaders who attempt outreach have been attacked by their own as sellouts, chided for centering those who would never ally with them anyway over those who have long had their back, if not their attention.

The tendency to write off is rooted in the assumption that differences of identity are unbridgeable, that people are too invested in their privileges and interests to change, that the failure to achieve change in the past predicts failure in the future, that people and their opinions are monolithic and strong rather than complicated and fragile, and therefore the purpose of politics is to protect yourself from Others and galvanize your own instead of trying to reach across…

Giridharadas, Anand. The Persuaders (pp. 13-14). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.  
[See prior post] Have to say, I am a bit more optimistic now than I was just a couple of days ago.

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