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How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Apr 18th, 2017 at 9:55pm
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I can tell you in my family, particularly my extended family, the politics range all over the spectrum.  But here's one example.  I used to be good friends with my brother's ex-wife.  I lost contact with her, but recently started calling her again, about the time the presidential election was in full swing.  Somehow we got on the topic of politics.  She started ranting against Trump, and I just listened to it.  Ladies pick up on things, and she eventually said "you're not saying anything."  There were several seconds of silence, and then she said "O my god - you're a Trump supporter!"  - at which point I gave out my best demonic laugh (MWAHHH HA HA HA HA HA!!!).   Then she feebly tries to recover, saying things like well, different people have different opinions.

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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #1 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:00pm
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We don't. Politics and religion are very divisive issues so they aren't discussed.
  

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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #2 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:08pm
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It's not hard.

You approach topics thoughtfully and with humility. You make good points and avoid demonizing or attributing ill motives to your opposition. Always assume they want the best and simply have different ideas on how to get there.

Ask questions. Get them to explain their reasoning.

And then offer constructive criticism.

Same thing we do here.
  

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." J M Keynes

"In the first place, the dichotomy between "theoretical" and "practical" is a false one. In economics, all arguments are theoretical. And, since economics discusses the real world, these theoretical arguments are by their nature "practical" ones as well." M Rothbard
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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #3 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:11pm
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TowardLiberty wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:08pm:
It's not hard.

You approach topics thoughtfully and with humility. You make good points and avoid demonizing or attributing ill motives to your opposition. Always assume they want the best and simply have different ideas on how to get there.

Ask questions. Get them to explain their reasoning.

And then offer constructive criticism.

Same thing we do here.


You mean.........you mean........when I just call them evil scum who should be burned alive, it's a mistake?   Smiley
  
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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #4 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:12pm
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patrick2 wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:11pm:
You mean.........you mean........when I just call them evil scum who should be burned alive, it's a mistake?   Smiley


Lol

Well probably.

Unless our goal is to play Russian roulette with civilization.
  

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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
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Do You Eat Carrots wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:00pm:
We don't. Politics and religion are very divisive issues so they aren't discussed.



My wife takes the keys and Politics and Religion and locks them in a box.  You get your key back when she know it safe for you to drive.  Politics and Religion stays lock up in the box.   She learned that from my grandmother.  Also when my grandmother tip over your glass you were done drinking for the night.
  

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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #6 - Apr 19th, 2017 at 12:13am
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TowardLiberty wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:08pm:
It's not hard.

You approach topics thoughtfully and with humility. You make good points and avoid demonizing or attributing ill motives to your opposition. Always assume they want the best and simply have different ideas on how to get there.

Ask questions. Get them to explain their reasoning.

And then offer constructive criticism.

Same thing we do here.


I see you've never discussed religion or politics with family..
  
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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
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walkstall wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 10:34pm:
My wife takes the keys and Politics and Religion and locks them in a box.  You get your key back when she know it safe for you to drive.  Politics and Religion stays lock up in the box. 


My mom never knew who my dad voted for. Ever.

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 She learned that from my grandmother.  Also when my grandmother tip over your glass you were done drinking for the night. 


Sounds like Gran should have been cut off. Rule of thumb. When you start spilling you're done drinking.
  

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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
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Fiddler wrote on Apr 19th, 2017 at 12:13am:
I see you've never discussed religion or politics with family..

Nah I do all the time.

My wife's parents and my Dad are typical Fox News conservatives.

And I let my feelings be known. But in a more academic way than partisan.

The "a pox on both their houses" rhetoric does not seem to anger people as much as a thoroughly tribal point of view might.
  

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"In the first place, the dichotomy between "theoretical" and "practical" is a false one. In economics, all arguments are theoretical. And, since economics discusses the real world, these theoretical arguments are by their nature "practical" ones as well." M Rothbard
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Re: How do you relate to your relatives with a different political view?
Reply #9 - Apr 19th, 2017 at 2:08am
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None of my extended family are foolish enough to be a Trumpobot.  Smooth sailing over here.   Smiley
  

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