Politics is priorities.
What’s most important? What’s least important?
Which problem is critical? And which is trivial?
The next time you discuss politics with a friend or co-worker, ask:
“If you could solve only one political problem — which would you choose?
“Why, in your opinion, is the problem you named more pressing, more urgent than, say, the federal deficit or high taxes or government spying on us?
“If you were given 5 minutes airtime on all TV and radio stations, what would you tell Americans to win them to your point of view?
“What would be the huge, immediate, direct benefits of solving this problem?”
Carefully listen to what he says. Thank him for sharing his opinions with you.
Then, later in the day, repeat the process with another friend or co-worker.
Try it with 5 or 6 people.
If your friends are like mine, each one will choose a different “most important political problem.”
And you’ll learn that you need to have 5 or 6 very different libertarian conversations — if you want to win them to libertarianism.
You’ll need to talk about their “most important political problem” – their political priority — and discuss how and why libertarianism can relieve, reduce, and possibly remove it.
When you talk in terms of their priorities, in terms of what matters most to them, they will listen and talk with you.
And many of them will be receptive and responsive to our libertarian solutions.
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