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The Art of Persuasion

The Art of Persuasion

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Published by William Blesch
Click to learn how to persuade anyone without being an "expert" through the use of the "non-aggression" principle!
Click to learn how to persuade anyone without being an "expert" through the use of the "non-aggression" principle!

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Published by: William Blesch on Feb 17, 2013
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Left, Right, In-Between…This Article is For You.
Ladies and gents, in keeping with the notion of providing you all with information that issomething entertaining, sometimes newsy, sometimes full of opinion, and always loud andin your face, we wanted to post an article that originally came fromDownsizeDC.orgthat
 
we believe is worthwhile.Most people have very strong opinions in the world of politics. Most either love to bashthe opposing side, or they love to argue and try to provide study after study or newsreport after news report to back their claims, or they are shy, fragile souls that shrink fromthe fray becayse conflict of any kind shatters their calm.Thus, the following article by Perry Willis is one that provides what we think is greatadvice for those that love to roll up their sleeves and begin the great political mud dance.Whether you are right, left, or somewhere in between…this article is for you.
 
How You Can Persuade Anyone without Being anExpert
By Perry WillisYesterday we explored how most people have to evaluate each issue from scratch, because theyfail to use sound heuristics. Remember…. A heuristic — pronounced hyoo-RIS-tic — is a simple principle that leads to quick, accuratedecisions.
Today we’ll explore a heuristic method you can use for discussing any issue.
This method has only three steps·It’s easy to remember.
 
·It can help you persuade anyone without having to be an expert.
Step One: Stand on the right foundation
Could a scientific study make you favor State coercion? Or do you feel that….
The MORAL cost of initiating State violence against innocent people exceeds any allegedbenefit.
If your true bottom-line is a moral position, then why not just say that? Why try to find a study torefute the Statist study? After all, doesn’t the tactic of fighting one study with another studyassume that….1.Evidence can establish or overturn moral principles. 2.We can subject society to scientific testing. 3.We can become experts about how other people should live.
Instead, isn’t it true that no amount of evidence can…
·Make 2 + 2 = 5.
 
·Turn murder or theft into moral actions.
 
·Overturn The Golden Rule or The Zero Aggression Principle.
It’s also true that…
 
 
·You can’t conduct controlled experiments on whole cultures, so no socialscience study can ever really prove anything.
 
·It’s impossible for mere mortals to become experts on how other people shouldlive.
 So why not drop the pretense and the complications? If the real basis of your position is a moralprinciple, then why don’t you just say that?
The moment you make your stand on moral principles, things become easier….
·You need no longer try to master every subject or pretend to an expertise thatno human being can possibly have.·You need no longer be intimidated when someone else poses as an expert.
 
·Your case rests on rules that everyone already follows in their personal lives andsimply extends those rules to “the government.”
So the first step is to make your stand on these principles…The Golden Rule:
Treat others as you want to be treated. Don’t treat others as they desire NOTto be treated.
The Zero Aggression Principle:
Don’t initiate harm against others or delegate doing so to “thegovernment.” If something is wrong for you to do, then it’s also wrong for a group to do it, and ademocratically elected government is merely a group.
Step Two: Don’t lose sight of step one
It’s easy to slip back into the “war of competing studies.” Don’t do it.
Constantly repeat the keyheuristics…
·Evidence can neither establish nor overturn moral principles. They are simplyself-evident, like 2+2=4.
 
·We cannot conduct controlled experiments on whole cultures, so no socialscience study can truly prove anything.
 
·It’s impossible for mere mortals to become experts on how other people shouldlive.
Drive home that last point by doing one thing more.
Treat the studies that support you thesame way you treat the studies that oppose you.
 

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