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Nov. 24th, 2012

Want to know how "those people" think? Ask them.

Not their opponents. To begin with, those opponents might be ignorant. Might think all politically-conservative US Protestants are Fundamentalists; or be unaware that liberals aren't socialists.

More to the point, "those people" have direct access to their own thoughts; their own way of seeing the world; their own feelings. They might not be entirely truthful with you (or with themselves) -- but their opponents might not be, either.

And at worst, you'll be able to observe how they talk.
There are no eternal conservative positions. No eternal liberal positions. No eternal radical-left positions. No eternal radical-right positions.

No eternal economic beliefs; attitudes toward religion; preferred foods; agreement on what the most important issues are.

Am I saying that in 2400 AD, no one will speak the way any political activist does now? Of course not -- there will be some equivalent of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and some members will work hard at staying in character.

But in real-world politics, there will be noticeable changes even within a few decades.

And the way governments, parties, and advocacy groups operate will change.