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The solution in all cases is to keep the conversation going. We’ll convince Tea Partiers that the gold standard is bad in the same way that we’ll convince locavores that Chilean grapes are good: logic, evidence and a dogged insistence on keeping the lines of communication open.

I can already hear some snickering at my naivety and blind faith in persuasion. It’s not that I think persuasion can do anything; it’s that I think closure can accomplish almost nothing.

That’s Karl Smith writing at Ezra Klein’s blog.

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