How do you guys deal with pompous left wingers on social media?

I went to a high school and a college that was VERY LEFT leaning and I constantly feel the urge to get into an argument online. Now, all these guys are very self-righteous, pro-universal basic income, high taxes and dont listen to any rational arguments about the economy. Some of the stuff they write is so non-factual that it really makes my blood boil but I also don't want to get woketivists coming after me.

I don't run into any of these people in real life but even their social media presence annoys the hell out of me (I hesitate to just delete everyone from my school + college days).

How do you guys deal with stuff like that? (I believe not responding to their non-sense only keeps emboldening them further)

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Apr 7, 2021 - 5:11am

Honestly just don't care. They will not change their minds, and you will be wasting your energy trying to do so. If it really bothers you then remove them, otherwise ignore them and use social media to look at memes and talking to friends

Apr 7, 2021 - 7:53am

I don't deal with them, I have better things to do with my time than argue with idiots. therefore, I left social media. it has very limited value in my opinion. my real relationships are still very strong and I'd argue deeper, and the people who I never really cared to keep in touch with...I don't miss them.

no one's forcing you to have socials, so if it's not additive to your life, get rid of it

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Apr 7, 2021 - 8:52am

Most universities are left leaning Why?  Most people who value education are left leaning.  Serious question, if you are offended by those evil liberals and their views, why do you read their content? 

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Apr 7, 2021 - 5:27pm

Well given that the state of education is so shitty in America, I'm not sure liberals should be patting themselves on the back.

American high school students in the 1950s were considered the most educated people on earth. Now we're a joke. Good job assholes.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 7:04pm

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Well given that the state of education is so shitty in America, I'm not sure liberals should be patting themselves on the back.

American high school students in the 1950s were considered the most educated people on earth. Now we're a joke. Good job assholes.

I am pretty sure despite the current state of education, liberals find a way to make it work for themselves.  Liberals are disproportionately represented at the Ivys and similar schools. We all know there is strong correlation between academic achievement and income, so the liberals must be doing okay. 

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Apr 7, 2021 - 8:45pm

All this means is that liberals are disproportionately wealthy and thus are gatekeepers of elite institutions. You could make a similar argument that because committed communists occupied all the high positions in the USSR, being a committed communist must be correlated with academic achievement, and not you know, politics/nepotism/connections/social status.

Oh wait, that is exactly the case. 

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Apr 7, 2021 - 10:54pm

It's actually quite the opposite - the majority of conservative college students you find in "elite institutions" are legacy, children of donors, or "varsity athletes" from prep schools that warm the bench and quit after one season. These people arrived at these elite institutions through nepotism / connections / social status as opposed to qualifications, and are the first to talk about how socialist libtards want to take "their" hard earned tax money to bribe lazy welfare queens for votes. Interestingly enough, rural kids that get into ivies based on soft quotas for low income students are shockingly liberal despite often coming from deep red states.

In general, smarter people have an easier time seeing through the shitty parts of politics that drive the modern alt right, such as cult of personality, in group out group discrimination (the arbitrariness of your team vs my team), masculine identity, etc. That's why educated people are the first to be silenced under violent dictatorships, including dictatorships established under the name of communism. It's because the educated easily see through the cult of personality and are liberal enough in their actions and beliefs to push for change.

Apr 8, 2021 - 7:35am

Yankee Doodle

All this means is that liberals are disproportionately wealthy and thus are gatekeepers of elite institutions. You could make a similar argument that because committed communists occupied all the high positions in the USSR, being a committed communist must be correlated with academic achievement, and not you know, politics/nepotism/connections/social status.

Oh wait, that is exactly the case. 

Liberals might be disproportionately wealthy and the "gatekeepers" at elite institutions but elite schools do not set quotas on people because they are conservative.  The numbers are lower for conservatives because they do not place the same value on education compared to some liberals  Take a look at the elite schools and who goes to them.  Asians, Indians and Jews make are a tiny part of the population but they represent a very high relative percentage of the student populations.  There is no diabolical plan to fill schools with people from these minority groups.  The demographics at the schools are the result these groups placing a very high emphasis on education starting at early ages.  For the most part, the people in these groups deemphasize sports, which competes for time. When David and Rohit get to high school, they no longer play organized sports ( if they ever did).  

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Apr 7, 2021 - 10:54pm

And economics departments tend to be the most right wing / libertarian of all the departments in most colleges.  Why? Even left-wing people in econ departments believe that free markets generally work with some exceptions. Why?

Side note: Albert Einstein was a fan of communism.  Does that mean communism is correct or does that mean that even a highly intellectual person can believe stupid things outside of their field of expertise?

Apr 8, 2021 - 10:18am

Albert Einstein was a plagiarizing megalomaniac who helped give us the atom bomb. Communists can keep that monster.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 11:01pm

Only if you're talking about white Americans, and you can argue geography and income are the hidden variables. Worldwide, lots of cultures place incredible value on education despite having very conservative cultures and traditions. Obviously the definition of conservative in these regions can vary significantly from the US - I doubt hating muslims and worshipping Trump are part of conservatism in Dagestan, but I would argue that people in the region adopt a far more conservative attitude than the US in terms of lifestyle restraints and traditional roles.  

Apr 7, 2021 - 10:23am

Same. Except in high school we didn't talk about politics and knew each other fine, then all of a sudden college hits and these people only talk about far left politics. I initially tried to argue like you but I had people who used to be friends and acquaintances now shouting me down. It became too much and I had to cut ties with a lot of people. Thankfully, I found a home at WSO soon after.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 10:27am

Why waste the breath? You already know they lack critical thinking by virtue of most of their positions. If someone lacks reason, you can't be expected to reason with them. Let them believe what they want to believe, it's a free country.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 12:57pm

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 1:18pm

Don't engage. Unfollow or just mute. I unfollowed the psychos on my IG who post about that stuff all day, I don't need to see it. Other people I know who are annoying about it I just muted. 

Apr 7, 2021 - 6:07pm

As said above, you have to realize you're never going to change anyone's opinion. Also realize, these people are looking to argue over the subject, not discuss the subject. 

At a certain point, people are going to believe what they believe and you're not going to change that. Even simple things, take taxes, I have friends who I've explained multiple times why you don't technically want money back from taxes, but it always ends up in them saying, "yea, but I want to get money back".

Apr 8, 2021 - 12:21am

Just unfollow or do what is in your own best interest. Being a political argument simp and posting something like this on WSO just to see it blow up with anonymous users arguing in the comments is definitely pretty lame. Make your own decisions.

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