This weekend I was given a little booklet written by Ben Shapiro, How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them (11 Rules for Winning the Argument). Wow, it is a powerful little book that belies its size.
I love me some Ben Shapiro, aaaand he’s a “cutie” too! I will give you some excerpts about Leftist bullies and their tactics….
Rule #3: Frame Your Opponent. I have argued that the left’s entire playbook consists or a single play: characterizing the opposition. It’s incredibly effective. And the only way to get beyond character arguments is to frame your opponent-make it toxic for your opponent to slur you. Then hopefully, you can move the debate to more substantive territory.
In other words, one tactic they use is to DEMONIZE the opponent. It is totally irrelevant whether the accusations are true or not; they take the focus off of THEM and these people have no souls to begin with. That’s why leftists are always bleating “racist!”; it takes the focus off of the argument and on to YOU, should you take the bait.
Rule #4: Frame the Debate. The left is expert at framing debates. They have buzzwords they use to direct the debate toward unwinnable positions for you. The are tolerant, diverse, fighters for social justice; if you oppose them, by contrast, you are intolerant xenophobic, and in favor of injustice.
Rule #6:Force Leftists to Answer Questions. This is really just a corollary of Rule #4. Leftists are only comfortable when they are forcing you to answer questions. If they have to answer questions, they begin to scratch their head. The questions they prefer to ask are about your character; the questions they prefer not to answer are all of them (insert laugh here!). Instead, they like to dodge issues in favor of those character arguments.
You have to look like you’re a nice person in order for people to believe that you are a nice person. Scientific studies show that people will judge you literally within milliseconds of seeing you. Make them see what you want them to see.
In other words, FRAME yourself in a positive light, whilst demonizing your opponent.
Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007.
Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S. His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall.com, ABCNews.com, WorldNetDaily.com, Human Events, FrontPageMag.com, FamilySecurityMatters.com, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. His columns have also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, RealClearPolitics.com, Arizona Republic, and Claremont Review of Books, among others. He has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Dr. Laura Show,” at CBSNews.com, in the New York Press, in the Washington Times, and in The American Conservative magazine, among many others.