America had, in the first two and a half years of WWI, adopted a policy of neutrality and though that attempted to broker peace between the Central Powers (Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire) and the Allies (United Kingdom, Serbia, Russia, France, Italy and Belgium). However the cumulative effect of German use of U … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 35 – Here Come the Yanks!
Politics doesn’t bring out the best in people, and angry political exchanges can put strains on otherwise viable friendships. What to do if someone you thought was ok starts spewing hate, insults and what looks to you like madness?
- Don’t respond in kind. You’ll just cause them to dig in and may confirm their prejudices.
- If they respond to facts and evidence with insults and unfounded belief, you won’t shift them by hitting them with facts. Instead, ask for their facts and evidence. Ask for the underlying philosophy of their stance. The odds are they are regurgitating unconsidered propaganda. By asking them politely to explain it, you force them to look at it, and this can be rather effective.
- People project. If greed and self interest are their major motivators, they may be unable to imagine that anyone else has other motivations. Thus it is normal for anyone defending the…
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