How to politically argue on the internet

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Don’t… just don’t argue on the internet on the first place because it doesn’t get you anywhere.

Unless you’re ready to be called a list of -ist’s and -ism’s and somehow slightly seeing the benefit of something because you’re weighing in the different arguments makes you automatically an apologist/sympathiser of Nazis, Hitler and some other dictator.

Let’s be frank. You’re only getting into this argument because you know how ‘wrong’ that person is and you either have the evidence, the ideological framework that you read up in a political manifesto, or the boredom to argue.

So let’s start.

1. When replying, break down how that person is wrong and go evidence-based first.

Statistics are very difficult to argue against and they sure do upset people when it goes against a certain narrative they’ve been fed their whole life. Get some truth-bombs out there. Look at the statistics and connect the dots or else all you’re saying is just anecdotal. This is what separates you from your average “politically engaged” activist. Don’t use fact checkers either such as Newswatch unless you’ve fact-checked the fact-checkers yourself.

When you’ve gathered your evidence, make your claims and cite them. It’s like an essay, only shorter and with constant feedback.

2. Shut down those that call you any -isms or -ists.

Materialist and structuralist arguments that immediately call you racist for supporting nationalism/socialist for supporting subsidised healthcare, for example, are the worst to deal with.

Ignore them or pick at the fact they chose the most unsound way of dealing with political discourse. Because they chose to label you rather than look at your facts. Why? Because if you decided to reply and reason to them why you’re not a racist/socialist/bigot/commie/nazi sympathising baby killing robot, you’ll give them more fuel.

The type of people that use labels and -isms and -ists are people that Wikipedia’d fascist/socialist/nationalist and said “hey that sounds like me!” and view political discourse as labels. Whoever fits the wrong political label are the enemy in their eyes. They’re usually kids that joined their uni’s political alliance group because it used an “-ist” in their name and it sounded edgy. If you attack this route, they have nothing to say.

3. Get out of there.

If someone is beyond saving, just get out. You could have spent that time working on a grass-roots campaign for a local or national candidate, or sharing funny photos on Facebook. Instead you decided to argue politics on the internet.

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