Why we can’t admit being wrong about politics | Comment


 The Times

Research suggests trying to persuade Brexit or Trump supporters to switch isn’t going to work

I’ve spent much of the last 18 months waiting hopefully for other people to change their minds. On Brexit, on Trump. So that they agree with me, and so that the world can return to being a slightly better place. That is, after all, what we feel about our opinions. That we’re the ones who are seeing clearly, while those who disagree with us are confused. If there was a conjugation, it would be: I’m right, you’re misguided, he’s preaching lies. And each of us expects that some time soon, as more evidence emerges to back us, we’re going to see a lot of converts to our cause.

Well, we could be a long time waiting. We’re educated to think we live in a fact-based…

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