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28 Post author: RobbBB 21 July 2014 10:14PM

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Comment author: roryokane 23 July 2014 07:25:03PM 4 points [-]

A better slogan for that purpose might simply be "Politics makes for bad examples". Straight to the point. It needs explanation, just like the "mind-killer" slogan, but after the explanation it is easy to remember the reasoning behind it.

Comment author: shminux 23 July 2014 08:29:46PM 0 points [-]

I am not sure this conveys the point, but it is certainly an improvement on "politics is a/the mind-killer". The issue is making clear that one should avoid unnecessary/unintended polarization in an argument, and, especially in the US context, political arguments and examples are especially prone to this failure mode.