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A Comparison of Tactics Used

by W. Gary Martin

Their Tactics
Our Tactics
Attack the details Provide the big picture
Demand irrefutable evidence... Produce evidence but admit ambiguity
but produce anecdotal evidence How can you attack a good story?
Ad hominem arguments and other "uncivilized" tactics. Try to answer their arguments with reason
Simplistic arguments aimed at emotions
Difficult, nuanced arguments
Common-sense language Jargon-filled
Limited productive POSITIVE agenda. Meanwhile, we have work to do!

Our Central Problem


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