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  • You wreck your own point when you stated you can't discuss politics politely. If you want to convince somebody (me, for example) that you aren't just a raving Bush-hater, you have to act in a civil manner.

    Now, I can't say that I'm any better in fact, since my own political rants tend to be just as angry, they're just a different set of positions. But I still say that the most convincing argument is the one delivered with passion, but still delivered politely and without coming across as anger or hatred (i.e., without making oneself look like a senseless prick). It may not convince anyone, but at least you won't have disqualified yourself from the argument from the very start.

    The place where anger has its use is when it is applied in force. If something is really worth displaying your anger over, then it's time to convince someone you are serious by applying that anger and taking action. If lies got us into the war, then the only useful application of your anger is to take action to make sure that the liars are taken to justice.

    Anger is truly useful to rile up those that agree with you to get them to engage in action or to rile yourself up to commit you to action. Otherwise, it's probably just wasted energy.

    • I posit that anger is not useful even for that. You want your judgement to be particularly level and unclouded when something matters enough to you to spur you into action.

    • You wreck your own point when you stated you can't discuss politics politely.

      I no longer judge people for not being polite about politics. Politics is all about who is going to take the next turn depriving other people of liberty, property, and sometimes life. It is completely understandable why people would be uncivil about that. In fact, it's ridiculous to expect them to be civil, and it's part of the religious faith in government as being the right idea. It's part of the way this mental virus propagates itself: by presenting the idea as being something that people should not

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