Defeating Populism is a math problem

How to solve populist question

  1. Understand and comprehend the problem
  2. analyze the problem
  3. calculate
  4. solve
  5. If fail, learn lesson and start again.

What people are doing

  1. Motivated Reasoning
  2. Writing bad opinion editorials
  3. Supporting actions that aren’t the national interest for the sake of vindication.
  4. Worshipping progressive parts of the country for their moral leadership without knowing why they are so progressive.
  5. preaching tolerance towards conservative left behind while writing snobby stuff about conservative left behind (some even advocate policies they don’t believe in for the left behind).
  6. Chide other liberals for not being sensitive or radical enough.
  7. write think tank reports on how to solve problem
  8. think tank report then becomes fodder for debate
  9. Super Pollster writes report about political future and why coalition X is better than coalition Y.
  10. Everybody argues over it, especially non-pollsters
  11. Multiple twitter threads about big impending problem. Sometimes with snark, since the tweeter is an expert. Sometimes not
  12. Twitter threads about those twitter threads about big impending problem
  13. The same arguments repeated over and over again just on different issues.
  14. Talk about progressive part of the country and how great their political culture is and how the people are much more moderate/progressive/moral/caring than people where you live.
  15. Person from progressive part of the country thanks you for your love. But offers a much more mixed picture and is heavily nuanced with too many caveats.
  16. You don’t listen to person from progressive part of the country because he’s part of a political faction you don’t like.
  17. Successful Former Politician is now offering money and resources to your defeated political movement.
  18. Instead of taking money, you argue over his motives.
  19. All this inspires an autistic community college student to write a very bad article
  20. He hopes this causes legitimate debate, but probably won’t be read.