Part 2: Arguments ad Hypocrisy

This is the second part of an ongoing series on defeating conservative arguments. Read the introduction here.

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Common tactics:

Intentionally or otherwise, conservative arguments mostly fall into a handful of categories. As you read through this, think of times you’ve faced these tactics before, how you responded, and whether you achieved your goals.

It is important to note that very few people know what strategies they are using in an argument.

Part One: Defining Goals

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In celebration of what an incredible mess the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates have been, over the course of the next few weeks I will be releasing weekly guides on how to defeat conservative arguments. Though today’s edition will focus on the different goals you can hold while arguing, the following weeks will each cover one conservative tactic and a few strategies to defeat it.

Please note: The goal of this guide is to teach you how to defeat conservative rhetoric by any means necessary. This is not a manual on civil debate, nor is it concerned with making / keeping friends. …

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I am a 22-year-old leftist. For the last decade of my political life, liberals have called me a naive idealist. From debate tournaments, to Democratic caucuses, to dinner-table-debates, I have endured dozens of lectures from life-long Democrats who see my radicalism as a dangerous folly of youth — something to be lauded at times, scolded at others, and ultimately, outgrown.

Treating leftism like a toddler’s mistake, these Democrats have told me bedtime stories warning of the dangers and failures leftism has wrought in American political life.

Their story goes something like this:

When I was 3-years-old, naive leftists who voted for Nader over Gore handed the country to Bush and thrust the nation into war. …


Matthew Barad

Writer, Activist, Leftist.

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