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Tag Archives: politics
Politicians often make the mistake of believing that their constituents agree with their positions, when they got themselves elected largely by convincing enough voters that their opponents are worse than they are.
The more an advertising campaign spends trying to convince you that something is true, the more likely it is not. (Corporate advertising, political ads, etc.)
Voltaire said, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”
George Bernard Shaw said it best: “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
Democracy breaks down when one side tries to win at the expense of their opponents, instead of trying to find ways to get to win-win.
The tighter the election, the more your vote counts. It’s not the total number of votes cast—it’s the difference between winning and losing. If you had stayed home, the margin would have changed that much.
A simple solution to a complex problem almost always fails, or at least, causes more problems than it solves. (H.L. Mencken’s famous quip said something along these lines.)
Character matters vastly more than politics.