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Dan Calabrese: Here's Why Conservatives Often Fall Short When Debating Ideas

Added 12-01-20 04:45:03pm EST - “'Too often conservatives fall short in the discussion of ideas because they allow the left to set the terms for the debate.'” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Dan Calabrese: If Conservatives Want To Win Arguments, We Have To Start Changing the Terms of the Debate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The winner of a debate is usually the party that frames the terms of the discussion. If you can’t do that successfully, you can lose a debate even though your ideas are superior.

Consider a scenario: Two debaters on stage. One is prepared to argue that health care works better when people pay their own doctor bills. But the other debater starts, and goes on at great length about how his ideas are better for getting people “covered” by insurance.

That’s not what the first debater wanted to talk about at all, but his opponent is so persuasive with his talk about how everyone needs to be covered, the debate moderators keep coming back to that point in the questions they ask.

The first debater gets sucked into the how-to-cover-everybody discussion and never even gets a chance to make his points about why it’s better if people just pay their own bills.

The first debater had the superior idea. But the second debater set the terms for the debate and won.

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