Are you socially conservative? Economically conservative? Hell, just conservative in general?
Then listen up. I have something to show you. Something truly educational and eye-opening, if a bit disheartening. I'm going to show you just what sort of people you're dealing with intellectually when you stand in opposition to progressive groupthink.
First, read George Will's column, posted Jun 6, about sexual assault on campus.
Take it in. Read it from top to bottom. Check his figures. Note what he's saying.
Immediately afterwards, browse the comments section. Prepare to have your eyes opened, if they weren't already.
I want to stress here: the lesson here is not that Will said something that got a whole lot of people angry. The mere presence of anger is not the point. Instead, I want you to notice how many times you notice George Will is accused of saying something ("He said that women want to get raped because it grants them high status!") that in no way reflects what he actually wrote in his column.
Also note those few times someone speaks up to correct someone's misconception, and not a single person who was attacking him is convinced.
Just... take it in. Realize what you're dealing with here. Watch as people rage incoherently against Will for things he not only didn't say, but which you actually have to work incredibly hard to delude yourself into mistakenly believing he said.
And then ask yourself... how do you deal with these people? What would change their minds?
If you have insights, please share in a comment.