NEW MEME ALERT

Ogged has an interesting post, partly inspired by a Kevin Drum post, calling for a change in our approach to political debate: .

. . a lot of political talk presupposes that we should all come to an agreement on a particular view and, consequently, the great bulk of political debate is spent on refutation and argument. But isn’t this model rooted in an error?

Ultimately, on any given issue, a decision has to be made which rejects some points and embraces others. But why is political discourse conducted by people who write as if they are in the position of the decision-makers and as if they are charged with justifying and explaining various exclusions? Save for about twenty of us in this country of 300 million, we are contributing voices, not decision-makers. Could the tone of political debate itself be due to this confusion? Can we change the goal from “tell me why you’re right” to “tell me what you think?”

A subtle distinction, to be sure, but perhaps one less likely to degenerate into ad hominem.

He ends with:

Hey, is this a “meme?” The contributor/decision-maker meme. Me me me me. I like it.

Since we’re mostly tiring of the Bright meme, why not start a new one?

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  1. One Fine Jay says:

    Not A Meme, but a Wish
    James Joyner blogged about this Ogged
    piece
    on the nature of political discourse in the sphere:

    … a lot of political talk presupposes that we should all come to an agreement
    on a particular view and, consequently, the gr…