Scott Adams periscope this morning was especially good and if you are an active twitter user you are going to want to watch the whole thing but let me focus on 2 important points re: the MSM's and the left's conversation about civil discourse in the country and how to deal with accounts that call you a Nazi.
"We are seeing quite a lot of press on how we are treating each other and our civil discourse and how our politics has made mostly people on the left so agitated that they are suggesting physical acts. A physical act could be someone snatching the MAGA hat off of you in a burger joint or crowding around somebody and shouting them down in a public restaurant, etc. and certainly there are people who are directly calling for violence who are speaking in violent terms..now the conversation about this is completely on the wrong topic.
The topic is not and should not be civil discourse...what is polite? what is appropriate?
The problem right now is NOT that people are being impolite. If you think that's the problem, you are missing the big problem. The big problem is that people think that we are living in a country where actual Nazis are taking over. They believe it to be true and if it were true then everything they suggest which is aggressive and even down right violent would be completely called for...so if you are saying that it isn't called for you are on the wrong conversation".
If you are talking about civil discourse you are focusing on the wrong thing. Scott suggests creating memes that show Trump supporters doing things that are clearly not racist and not dangerous...and nothing else. You want it short but entertaining. The only way to counter their hallucinations is to have enough examples that counteract their beliefs. We see examples of the bad stuff everywhere because that's what the MSM chooses to cover so we need to counteract them with examples of the good. Persuasion through optics....not facts....
Now, on to the Zombie Apocalypse mentioned in his title. This is the 2 movies on one screen Scott is always talking about. In one movie people are just trying to do the best you can and do what's right and in the other movie they think these guys are Nazis.
Now let's talk about some things we can do to deal with that that do not require reason because "reason is an empty weapon"...
If reason isn't going to change them what do we do?
Scott had the sudden realization after being called a Nazi 900,000 times. Here's the thing about being called a Nazi, whoever says Nazi 1st wins. The game is over before it starts...if you are defending why you are not such a big Nazi there's no path to victory..the moment you are labeled the game is already over.
Here is what Scott has been doing and he suggests you do it too. He is A/B testing this so we will see what works.
"If someone comes after your ideas, deal with them fairly.
If they come after me as a person or some group I'm associated with , something's wrong with me, something wrong with my character, somethings wrong with my brain, I immediately say I block all Nazis...goodbye and then I block them.
So I go Nazi immediately as soon as it's personal.
Never give them 2 chances. Keep it simple. I block all Nazis. Eventually you will greatly reduce the amount of hatred coming your way.
Let Trump be as aggressive as he likes, that's why we hired him but we don't need to go there.
The very 1st moment you see a personal assault or a group condemnation just call them a Nazi, don't give any more reasons, just tell them you block all Nazis and goodbye.
Note how you feel when you do this....The 1st time I started doing this my initial reaction was I really want to engage with this person more by using my superior knowledge of the facts to make an idiot of them online but that never was satisfying no matter how many times I tried to do that and even if I felt that I succeeded...I would think man I showed them , look at this, it's a public record the entire world can see that I bested this evil troll and that record will be there forever to their shame ...but then you watch the troll and they will be like well I guess you are back-pedaling now and I'll be like what? What back-pedaling ? And then he will mischaracterize you and call you a Nazi again and you can never win. There's no winning by engaging.
But I did learn that every time I block them with my "I block all Nazis good bye"...I actually would get a little boost because I know I won. How do I know I won? Because I went Nazi 1st and I also turned a mirror on the person....and will have them asking themselves Ok what was it that I did that got me blocked on the 1st try."
So let's do this people...do not engage with evil trolls...we block all Nazis....Good bye!