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Not everyone shares your priorities.

There’s a nifty rhetorical jujutsu I have noticed among the set of tech-types who like to shout online about their pet causes.

It goes something like this…

Anyone who isn’t as outraged about their pet cause as they are is naïve and stupid. But if you suggest that maybe not everyone shares their priorities or that other people might have valid reasons for holding a different point of view, it’s you who is suggesting that people are too naïve or dumb to understand or care about the issue.

I feel like this tactic is a subcategory or corollary of the broader “People who disagree with me just don’t have all the facts!” approach to communication.

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