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I have seen this same dilemma plaguing progressive/radical activists over and over again.  On the one hand as Enlightenment-fans, we are unalterably attached to facts.  "Reality-based" is a proud label for most of us, and having seen in history books and in our own lifetimes the results of manipulating populations with propaganda and mythology, we have an instinctive horror of "dumbing it down" or "tarting it up" or other variations on lying to people.  And we keep thinking that if we only show them the facts, they'll come around to our side of the net.  I mean, the facts speak for themselves, right?

I hope you read my reply to kcurie, which is in part a reply to you (and not a disagreeing but an I-was-misunderstood one :-) )

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by DoDo on Sun Apr 16th, 2006 at 12:38:30 PM EST
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