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Getting Involved with Change in the Era of Sophism

Posted by Erik Jetmir on




a fallacious argument, especially one used deliberately to deceive.


Activism in 2018

2018 is an interesting time to get involved with politics. I recently read Gen. Hayden’s book as well as James Comey’s and there are some striking observations that are made by both men. At the top of the list, is an administration with a vastly different view of the truth, the Intelligence Community, and most importantly, the worldviews that are expressed. This falls very closely within the definition of sophism. Now to many that are not working within politics or have a reason to know what sophism is, this may seem like an area that would not likely be front and center with an administration as well as a political campaign. But the closer that you look at this simple concept, the more it looks like a concept that well describes what is currently going on within the administration. This includes the continued obsession with varying degrees of truth and most importantly how that applies to politics and legislating. This presents so many challenges for regular ordinary folks that are likely much more use to getting very consistent information from the president and his administration. At the end of the day, what is important to note is that change comes about with getting directly involved in the fundamentals of organizing, fundraising, volunteering, and working with campaigns.


Don’t Get Wrapped Around the Axle

It is easy to get wrapped around the axle when considering the current information with the administration and particularly the Mueller investigation. This investigation is continuing forward every single day in spite of what is in the news. What is important to note, is that there will be not much information about this investigation until it is completed. Robert Mueller has a distinguished career and his involvement in the process should assure all Americans that this will be completed with the highest level of skill and judicious review. Now clearly, there are those in the general public that have been convinced that anything that comes out negative about the administration (regardless if directly resulting of the administration’s own actions), cannot be considered valid. This is a significant issue associated with how the rule of law is viewed, and most importantly how it is applied. If this is viewed by the general public is nothing more than attempting to defend the indefensible, then history will stand in judgment of what can only be viewed as a tragic and inaccurately misplaced perspective. This investigation will define what laws and policies have either been mismanaged or blatantly violated. If that is the case, it will be indisputable.

How do I get involved?

So what does that mean if you want to get involved in creating change? If you are interested in fixing something that you see needs to be fixed, then the focus should be on those things that have the greatest impact. Clearly some of the current events elicit a lot of emotions and there is no question that some of those motions directly associated with a worldview that is sometimes controversial. All that being said, if your interest is in change then maintaining a focused on the key areas will help to ensure that you are making the kind of change that you are seeking. I would recommend, a focus on the basics. This includes organizing, fundraising, volunteering, and working with local and state campaigns. These are the areas that will contribute greatly to change, and are proven to impact the important areas of policy.


My final thoughts on sophism

When addressing a fallacious argument or one created specifically to either deflect or deliberately deceive, arguing may simply serve the cause of those that create these kind of arguments. That may be to simply consume all of the energies and time folks working to create change. So if you are interested in creating change, part of that should be in clearly recognizing the tactic of using endless fallacious arguments, but also to recognize that this approach may be designed simply consume all the oxygen in the room. With a focus on the important areas of activism, these areas of media engineering become considerably less relevant.