And Progressives Are Really Uncomfortable About Appealing to People’s Moral Beliefs

Postscript to the last post:

One of the big mistakes progressives often make is that they think that all their fact-based tables and charts are the best tools for waging political campaigns. (Or rather, the result of boiling those tables and charts, which most people can’t possibly understand, down into simple English.)

A good example of this is this discussion by “seven smart, terrified liberals” on how to improve the prospects of the Democratic Party. Their points, while not all bad, practically never recommend that people engaged in political campaigns just soft-pedal the statistics for a while and play the simple moral justifications for their positions fortissimo. It’s as though they’re afraid that their readers will think they’re too simple-minded to understand the complex economics.

qedd© Jon Johanning 2011