Saturday, June 7, 2008

How to win the war of ideas

Wretchard at the Belmont Club never fails to be quotable:

The environmental lobby may not represent a great many persons, but their small numbers understate the power of their influence. They're in the process, sitting on corporate boards, drafting legislation through networks of friends, setting the public relations agenda. And they are purposefully following a plan. Whenever they are checked, they simply wait, lie dormant and try again at the next opportunity.

And that's how you fight a war of ideas. The environmental movement is a very successful political movement. It is a decentralized, non-partisan movement whose members are self-selected and motivated by a vision to take action. We need to learn from the environmental movement and apply what we learn to waging the competition of ideas to champion liberal democratic capitalism, oppose extremist Islam and Ameriphobia and to shrink the gap.

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