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The Atlantic published a great article today by Olga Khazan, The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion explaining how those who support immigration bans see the issue in light of protecting the country.  What those same patriots also hold dear are the things that make this country worth fighting for, our families, and the opportunity to build a good life.  What she notes; however, is that different people on the left and right, based on research, are more likely to have differing preferences between fairness or purity or between loyalty and harm.  One set is relatively blind to the other's concerns, but issues can be reframed to be more appealing.

While we may interpret these differences as "biases," it is important to understand that we should not be impartial between them.  That is an abdication of our moral agency.  As Dante wrote, "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." That said, our lives should not be wasted trying to convince retirees that equal opportunity is important. That was 50 years ago for them.  It's over. Don't bother.

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