donderdag 17 december 2009

Steve Horwitz over publiek debat

In zijn column voor the freeman online, deze week genaamd "The Low Road and the High Ground" bespreekt econoom Horwitz hoe je aan publiek debat moet doen.

De conclusie is duidelijk:
  1. Until confronted with serious evidence to the contrary, assume the other person’s intentions are good and that they wish to make the world a better place.
  2. Do not allow others to monopolize the moral high ground; insist that you too want to make the world a better place.
  3. Know as many of the other sides of the argument as you can and know them as well as you can.
  4. Practice what the economist Ludwig Lachmann called the “Principle of Charitable Interpretation.” That is, read other people’s arguments in the best, most generous light possible.
  5. Make reasoned arguments of your own and back them with relevant evidence.
  6. Acknowledge where your arguments or evidence are weak or possibly biased; this demonstrates your own open-mindedness and your ability to think critically about your own argument.
  7. Finally, do all of this with a smile and a gentle sense of humor. Milton Friedman was the master at this and was, I would argue, the most effective debater for freedom in the twentieth century.
Ik ga zeker niet zeggen dat ik deze raad altijd opvolg - 'k kan niet veel meer doen dan proberen - maar dat neemt niet weg dat het goede raad is en blijft.

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