The problem, as Ben Shapiro puts it in this must-read, is that “because conservatives don’t think about how to win that they constantly lose” in confrontations with leftists. The solution is to stop taking the bullying and learning to argue for victory.
Among Shapiro’s rules for beating the left in confrontations are:
Be willing to take a punch. (conservatives tend to shy away from confrontations because the left is rhetorically violent; but it is important “to walk toward the fire.” )
Hit hard, hit first. (leftists stage muggings; instead of fighting by Marquis of Queensberry rules, conservatives need to accept the strategy Mike Tyson: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”)
Immediately frame the debate. (“When you’re discussing global warming , for example, the proper question is not whether man is causing global warming but whether man can fix global warming—a question to which the universally acknowledged answer is no unless we are willing to revert to the pre industrial age.”)
There are eight more rules that will allow a conservative to debate a leftist and destroy him. How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them is not just a “how to” book. It is a survival manual.
By far one of the most succinct and to the point discussions on debating someone from the opposite side of the isle (i.e., a leftest minded liberal.) Just as discussed in his book that the left has one play to knock you down and get you off your game. But a debate with a liberal minded individual is, in fact, a war. And you must be willing to strike first and strike hard! And keep striking until they are finished. This is one of the greatest failing of the conservative movement because they believe that they can overcome all these hits with something substantive…but people only see and understand when you have been knocked out…we all have this failing because we were brought up, overall with a sense of fair play. But in a war, all stops must be pulled and you must be willing to win the war, not just the argument.
Without a doubt, a very good read and worthwhile information! It is a short book and would & could very easily be put to memory and to the test!
Godspeed & Good Reads!
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Patton: A Genius for War is a full-fledged portrait of an extraordinary American that reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the swashbuckling and brash facade. According to Publishers Weekly, the result is “a major biography of a major American military figure.”
“This massive work is biography at its very best. Literate and meaty, incisive and balanced, detailed without being pedantic. Mr. D’Este’s Patton takes its rightful place as the definitive biography of this American warrior.” –Calvin L. Christman, Dallas Morning News
“D’Este tells this story well, and gives us a new understanding of this great and troubled man.”-The Wall Street Journal
“An instant classic.” –Douglas Brinkley, director, Eisenhower Center
This must rate high, in my opinion, as one of the best & all inclusive biographies of one of the brashest, enigmatic figures in our history! The man lived for war and was always prepared to die for his country, but in his words, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”
This is the obsolete (but still useful) 1873 translation. The 1976/84 Howard/Paret version is the standard translation today, though for the most accurate text one should consult the 1943 Jolles translation.
On War is the most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy. Since the work’s first appearance in 1832, it has been read throughout the world, and has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals.
Carl von Clausewitz’s On War has been called, “not simply the greatest, but the only truly great book on war.” It is an extraordinary attempt to construct an all-embracing theory of how war works. Its coherence and ambition are unmatched by other military literature. On War is full of sharp observation, biting irony, and memorable phrases, the most famous being, “War is a continuation of politics by other means.”
About the Author
Except for a brief stint in 1812 when he served in the Russian army, Clausewitz spent his whole career, from the age of twelve until his death in 1831, in the Prussian army. He fought in all the major Prussian campaigns against France, and his most fateful experience – the 1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, in which Napoleon destroyed the Prussian army – inspired him to write On War.
The Art of War is the undisputed masterpiece on the philosophy and strategy of combat. It holds as true in the business world as it does on the battlefield. It has influenced generals and theorists since it was first translated and distributed internationally. No library is complete without it.