Communicate; Don’t Dictate

I am working on an essay for communicating to libertarians the need to simplify liberty beliefs (especially the economic ones) and make these concepts easier for the average person to understand. 

There are a lot of really smart people in the YAL groups, but some of the lingo and heavy concepts we use are daunting for newcomers.  We have all joined this movement because we believe that people’s lives will be bettered by them. Communication is the key to making this movement work. People are hungry for answers, but we have to be willing to listen in order to tell them what they need to hear.

That’s why I think it’s so important that we put more thought into how we think about the principles of liberty. If a non-econ major asks us about libertarianism and we quote Austrian theories without translating it for them, we are doing the theories in question a disservice.

Whenever you learn something, think about how you can share that information with someone who does not know the lingo, principles, or basic philosophy that you know. If someone asks you for food, you don’t give them a live cow. They can’t eat a cow; you have to cook it for them.

Once we understand a rule of economics, a philosophical concept, or other complicated belief, we need to start thinking about how to communicate these beliefs to the people around us. Not just dictate the concepts but actually communicate the information in such a way that the person we are speaking to understands the concept, sees its value, and knows how to apply it to their own lives.

I would love to hear everyone’s feedback on this. We all have different perspectives, backgrounds, and focuses that if we can learn to share with one another,  we can accomplish a lot more. If we can share our beliefs and learn what matters to other people, our movement will grow exponentially.

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