Decius's Lessons from the CDA battle:
Politics costs money.
Politicians care about votes, money, and the general narrative.
Civil liberties really matter, and nobody cares.
Ted Cruz, now the senator-elect from Texas:
I think every case in litigation and every argument in politics is about the fundamental narrative. If you can frame the narrative, you win. As Sun Tzu said, every battle is won before it is fought. And it is won by choosing the field of terrain on which the fight will be engaged.
We can assume that if the Iraq War ends badly, some Republican hard-liners, amplified by conservative talk radio, will accuse the Democrats of perfidy. The question is: Will the betrayal narrative find traction with the broader American public?
A message from Quark Lynch Goldwatch & Crassfield:
We can help you develop negative narratives that will undermine the credibility of people who express political opinions that you disagree with.
Insurgency runs in families and social networks, held together by persistent cultural narratives.
The American narrative centers around Boston with its religious pilgrims and revolutionaries, but there is certainly something alluring about the south of the 1600s, with its walled cities, forts, artillery, sailing ships, pirates, sand, sun, and palm trees.
Slavoj Žižek, from 2008:
The danger is thus that the predominant narrative of the meltdown won't be the one that awakes us from a dream, but the one that will enable us to continue to dream.