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Response to Caliman73 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:50 PM

10. Liberalism's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: Critique.

Critique is essential to making good policy decisions. Critique comes from the academic world. Pose a hypothesis and present data from observations or experiments to support it. Then have your work peer reviewed thus opening it up to criticism. The criticism, when based on sound data, can either confirm or reject your hypothesis.

Modern day conservatism does not operate that way. It's based on pure ideology and no amount of evidence can contradict it. For example, tax cuts increase economic growth and opportunity for everyone which eventually leads to smaller deficits. We have repeated this hypothesis with Reagan, Bush II, and now Trump, and every time, it leads to little or no real economic growth with huge deficits. Yet, the Republicans still promote it every election cycle.

The scientific approach will always lose to the ideological approach when the ideological approach benefits the most powerful.


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