Quadrant Online: Well Said – And Saying Well Isn’t Enough

Quadrant What the Left can teach conservatives

My latest piece up at Quadrant Online, arguing that well written, rational pieces supporting classical liberal institutions like free speech won’t make a jot of difference.

This is informed by lessons from Drew Westen’s The Political Brain, and Jonathon Haidt’s The Righteous Mind. The key takeaway is that arguing from history, experience and an understanding of human political institutions isn’t going to convince a critical mass of voters and opinion leaders because it won’t engage them in an emotionally meaningful way.

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