IJMC How to Win an Arguement

		      IJMC - How to Win an Arguement

Warning:use of this document at any of my future parties is grounds for 
immediate and forceful ejection from the grounds. You lose. :)    -dave

 I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument
 on any topic, against any opponent.  People know this, and steer clear of
 me at parties.  Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even
 invite me.  You too can win arguments.  Simply follow these rules:
         * Drink Liquor. (JD)
 Suppose you're at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on
 the economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about.  If you're drinking
 some health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you'll hang back, afraid
 to display your ignorance, while the hotshot enthralls your date.  But if
 you drink several large shots of Jack Daniels, you'll discover you have
 STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian economy.  You'll be a WEALTH of information.
 You'll argue forcefully, offering searing insights and possibly upsetting
 furniture.  People will be impressed.  Some may leave the room.
         * Make things up.
 Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove Peruvians
 are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are
 underpaid, and you're damned if you're going to let a bunch of Peruvians be
 better off.  DON'T say: "I think Peruvians are underpaid."  Say: "The
 average Peruvian's salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base
 is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty
         NOTE: Always make up exact figures.
 If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up, too.
 Say: "This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon's study for the Buford
 Commission published May 9, 1982.  Didn't you read it?" Say this in the same
 tone of voice you would use to say "You left your soiled underwear in my
 bath house."
         * Use meaningless but weightly-sounding words and phrases.
         Memorize this list:
                 Let me put it this way
                 In terms of
                 Per se
                 As it were
                 So to speak
                 well, any-who
 You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as "Q.E.D.,"
 "e.g.," and "i.e."  These are all short for "I speak Latin, and you
 do not."
 Here's how to use these words and phrases.  Suppose you want to say:
 "Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don't
 have enough money."
 You never win arguments talking like that.  But you WILL win if you say:
 "Let me put it this way.  In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians qua
 Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they
 do not have enough money per se, as it were.  Q.E.D."
 Only a fool would challenge that statement.
         * Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks.
 You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevent phrases to fire back at  your
 opponents when they make valid points.  The best are:
         You're begging the question.
         You're being defensive.
         Don't compare apples and oranges.
         What are your parameters?
 This last one is especially valuable.  Nobody, other than mathematicians,
 has the vaguest idea what "parameters" means.
 Here's how to use your comebacks:
         You say                 As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873...
         Your opponents says     Lincoln died in 1865.
         You say                 You're begging the question.
         You say                 Liberians, like most Asians...
         Your opponents says     Liberia is in Africa.
         You say                 You're being defensive.
         * Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.
 This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and
 you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say:  "That sounds
 suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say" or "You certainly do
 remind me of Adolf Hitler."
 You now know how to out-argue anybody.  Do not try to pull any of this on
 people who generally carry weapons.

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