Tuesday, March 15, 2016
David Harsanyi very nearly hits the nail on the head regarding how opponents of politicians who, like Donald Trump, oppose free trade, ought to appeal to voters:
Do you like those affordable electronic goods? You know, those giant TVs, cheap laptops, and super pocket computers you're walking around with? The prices of tech products and services have fallen over the past decade because of many policies Trump rails against. So while a lot of Americans might like the sound of forcing Apple to assemble phones right here in the United States, how would they feel about paying $100 more (or whatever it is) every time they renewed a cell phone plan? [link dropped]The same goes for shopping at Walmart.
Harsanyi (or his editor at the Federalist) puts the rhetorical approach this way: "Rather than arguing abstract truths, concentrate on the pain Americans will feel if Donald Trump gets his way."
I don't completely agree, because this sounds a little like we can dispense with such principles, which I disagree with. Rather, the pain, in this case, is part of how one should always argue abstract truths. Valid principles apply to life, but if one doesn't show how they do so, he is consigning them to the oblivion of the ivory tower by failing to help others understand why they matter.