Comment: Not bad advice. May help in 1-on-1 communication with D's & R's

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Not bad advice. May help in 1-on-1 communication with D's & R's

For instance, if they ask you about your party affiliation, rather than saying I'm libertarian, one could simply say something akin to,

"I don't identify with a party. I like to think about issues using reason and my understanding of human nature. I don't subscribe to the notion that all political positions fall under two categories. That said, I'd be happy to discuss any of my views if you'd like."

It's much harder to paint individuals than it is groups. For example, if you act as an individual, when the MSM says, "Those libertarians are this or that," it doesn't necessarily apply to you in the minds of others. On the other hand, if you say, "I'm libertarian," stereotypes immediately start flowing through the other person's mind. As a result, you end up discussing (if at all) topics where the other person disagrees with you the most.

You're in greater control of the direction of conversation if you refrain from labeling yourself.