To that end you've likely made some (very important) changes in life that have not only saved you time, but led to a happier and more content life.
- You no longer tolerate a commute insisting on working from home or living next to work.
- You stopped watching TV realizing no amount of mindless sitcoms will replace one quality conversation with your loving, but ailing grandfather.
- Or you have given up on MSM, instead reading alternative media, or perhaps giving up on media altogether knowing you won't change this batshit insane world.
And debating with leftists (and politics in general) should be one such thing you also strike from the list.
It took me a while to realize this, but after nearly 15 years of providing undeniable economic and empirical proof socialism just plain doesn't work and that free markets provides a morally and empirically superior society and economy, ONLY to have every single leftist I was trying to convince dismiss it with some weak or cowardly form of flawed logic ("well, perception is reality" was my favorite), it dawned on me I was not reasoning or arguing with intellectually honest or rational humans.
Quite the contrary.
It was like 1981 where I was arguing with my teachers I had in parochial school.
They were ideologues.
The were zealots.
They were cultists and fanatics.
No amount of fact, truth, reason, logic, or empiricism was going to convince them. And that the key to "winning" the debate was not found in economics, history, or facts, but through psychology, emotion, mockery, and insult. And even then, most would still adhere to their false religion, rendering all my efforts wasted, and thus a "partial suicide" of my infinitely more important life.
So I made a change. I no longer debated economics or threw up charts. I no longer tried to reason with people on the left. And I rarely bothered ever pulling data. I hopped on my motorcycle, went riding, climbed mountains, hiked national parks, went dancing, drank, fucked pretty girls, panned for gold, ate sushi, lived life, and if I EVER got into it with leftists I immediately went emotional and personal. Mocking and ridiculing them, pointing out their degrees were worthless, agitating feminists that they were ugly, telling single moms their market value's been halved, and other arguments/tactics I would have largely regarded as "sophomoric" or "beneath me" all of 5 years ago, but now realized these are their "modern day equivalent weapons" by which they fight, and are the only tactics that they're aware of and affect them.
However, (though it feels good) merely agitating them and angering them about their reality of life does nothing to "win" the war many of you are still trying to wage against them. And while I don't expect many conservatives or libertarians to just give up the fight, get vasectomies, tell their boss to shove it, go Lester Burnham on life, and join me on my next motorcycle trek out west, I do know for those of you insist on staying in the fight need to change your tactics because it is not working, will never work, and not only will you lose the war, but your children (if you foolishly decided to bring some into this world) are going to pay the price. Thus, the importance of "arguing through their narrative."
Understand one simple thing about "socialism" "leftism" "liberalism" "communism" or whatever you want to call it.
It is nothing more than the lazy of society demanding the hard working and industrious be their slaves.
It is NOTHING more complicated than the parasites of society demanding the producers support and pay for them.
I don't care how many pages "Das Kapital" is.
I don't care how many millions of hours the thousands of liberal arts professors lecture.
And I don't care how many trillions of words they and the MSM write in journals or "research studies."
In the end, when you boil it down, ALL leftism is is a group of lazy people who don't want to work for a living and want to live off of other people.
That one sentence summarizes the libraries worth of socialist literature throughout all of history
Socialism is parasitism.
Naturally this stance (parasitism) is untenable and indefensible. NOBODY is willing to be the host in this relationship, and no-would-be-parasite's ego is willing to admit they are a parasite.
Thus, the majority, if not, all of the effort put forth by the left is NOT merely taking other people's money, but coming up with reasons, rationalization, and excuses to steal other people's money. And you see it in nearly all of their arguments/political platforms:
I'm discriminated against by white males because I'm _____________.
We don't spend enough on education
We don't spend enough on health care
We don't spend enough on the poor/Social Justice
College isn't all about the money
War on women (glass ceiling, rape culture, wage gap)
Corporations/the rich control everything
We need to tax producing countries to stop global warming
I could go on, but all of the arguments above, ALL OF THEM, no matter how "noble sounding" serve only one purpose and one purpose only - to transfer money from the producers of society to the parasites.
"We need more money for education for the children" when translated DIRECTLY into English should read:
"A bunch of us lazy people who decided at 17 we didn't want to work hard so we chose "education" as our majors want the rest of you hard working people to pay for our cake and 9 months a year cushy jobs. And if you don't then we're going to claim you hate children because we don't want you to even think about just what parasites we are."
When you hear "College isn't all about the money" you should translate that DIRECTLY into English to read:
"We are a bunch of worthless parasites who don't want to work real jobs and found government academia to be a place where we are overpaid professors, who are simply paid to indoctrinate your children to simply vote the parasite class more money while charging $400 per credit for tuition and $400 for our book that is constantly underrevision so used books can never be used again."
And when you hear "I need money because I'm discriminated against because I'm (fill in your choice de jour)
gay, (or the newest victim fad)
that should translate directly into English to read:
"I'm a coward and am going to hide behind a trait I was born with to claim I'm a victim because claiming to be a victim will get me additional funds and special treatment throughout my life at the expense of others. I will also be doubly cowardly and disingenuous claiming anybody who dares to suggest my personal decisions resulted in my status in life is a rac/sex/misogyn/ist."
In short, nearly all of the left's argument is a spectacularly HUGE strawman that few conservatives and libertarians realize is one. And if they fail to realize it's a strawman, their efforts are misdirected and no progress is made on winning the debate.
Once a leftist claims they need your money because "you can't spend enough on our children" conservatives and libertarians foolishly think that is their argument! And off they go, rushing to pull data that shows more money on education doesn't equal better schools.
Or when a feminist claims "rape" is an epidemic on college campuses, again, conservatives and libertarians think THAT is their argument. And once again, foolishly rush off to pull the factual data that college women are raped at rates less than the general population.
And heaven help you if you're accused of racism or sexism or any other "ism." Again, soooo predictably, the conservative or libertarian will scramble to prove they are NOT a racist or sexist, completely abandoning the original argument, and now debating a completely new and irrelevant one.
The reality is they just want your money, and will stop any no dirty trick or lie to get it.
"You can't spend enough on our children" is "give us teachers more of your money."
"Rape is an epidemic" is "we women's studies professors can't find jobs and need government grant money. Give us some because we don't want to get real jobs and we don't care how many young men's lives we ruin with false rape claims."
And "Give me more money because you discriminate against me" is "I'm the true bigot and have no problem falsely blaming people of your sex and skin color for oppressing me because not only will it get me more of your money, but it will assuage me of any personal responsibility that my shitty life is the result of my own horrendously stupid decisions."
To quote Charles Grodin from "Midnight Run"
"It's all about the fucking money!"
Alas, this presents conservatives and libertarians who want to "win this war" a choice. You can keep arguing against the false premises even the left doesn't believe in or start arguing against their true motives and incentives. This is easier said than done because the left (and its accompanying entities of the government, academia, and the media) is so hardwired to play victim that any direct accusation will IMMEDIATELY result in accusations of you being an "ist" AND attempts to dox you, ruin your career, and ruin your name. So just imagine a single, black mother of 5 with 4 different fathers starts blaming ("that ole classic") "White Males Keep On Oppressing Me" and you publicly come out saying,
"No you stupid slut, it's not white males. It's because you can't keep it in your pants or go on birth control. And it is you who is the racist and sexist blaming white males for your incomprehensibly stupid decisions."
If you did that, nearly every brainwashed, sheeple facet of society (and conscious leftist agent in the government, media, and academia) would post what you said on the internet, misquote you, and misconstrue your words to the best of their ability to paint you as a bigot, racist, blah blah blah. And whatever career you may have once had is now gone because you are forever "googleable" henceforth.
And THAT is the real reason your hands are tied.
I can be flippant about this because in an ironic sense that is how I make my living. If I could summarize my business model, I sell the truth which has been so villainized by the left that it is effectively an outlawed drug. This not only makes truth a rare commodity, but I can charge a premium for it. The only price is I have to endure is that I will never have a "normal" life again (you know the one with a cubicle career, commute, taxes, a mortgage, children I can't afford, and divorce).
Most republicans, conservatives, and non-conspriacy-theorist-liberatarians cannot afford this as they have kids, a mortgage, a career, etc., that would be ruined by arguing past the narrative and pointing out the emperor has no clothes. But until that time comes, until the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians get the balls and courage to basically just say, "no, you're a parasite who wants other people's money and you're hiding like a coward behind children/your skin color/gender/etc to get it" we will all just be spinning our wheels responding to their red-herring arguments:
"No no, I'm for the children! I just think we can spend the money better!"
"No no! I'm not a racist! See I have this sort of 1/8th black friend!"
"No no! I don't hate women! I just think more of them should major in STEM!"
In the meantime, those fortunate enough not to need "the system" will simply boil down leftists and make the only argument that matters:
"You're a bunch of cowards and parasites, and all you want is for me to be your slave to support you."
And no progress is going to be made until we all do the same.