Does College Make Us Less Equipped to Change the World? | Activism | AlterNet


A higher education teaches skills that prevent us from being politically successful

This article makes the point that a university education makes people more dependent on fact based arguments and causes them to avoid the personal, emotional appeals that are actually successful in persuading people to take action. In the arena of politics, the article argues, liberals approach persuading the population in the same way they would approach a term paper–with much fact based evidence to support their position and an avoidance of personal appeal and personal attack. Conservstives on the other hand seem to understand that a good story with heros and villains, and battles to be won are truely motiviational; no evidence or facts are required to inspire people to action. If progressives and liberals want to be more successful politically they need set aside the fact intensive arguments and learn to tell a good story.


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