Political Narratives Lost in Translation

Source: Law & Liberty
by Michael D Thomas

“The human mind thinks in narratives, but one of the features of contemporary political conversations is that we work largely in a narrative vacuum. This simply means that we do not clarify our narrative presumptions when we engage in discourse. Individuals may supply ad hoc narratives to explain where they are coming from, but there is no general assent to any one narrative. Narrative is necessary for clear thought because it is the mechanism that we use to align our intuitions and gather evidence about the world around us. This can come prior to thought, or it can help shape our understanding of political discourse. We should be deliberate in thinking about narratives.” (03/09/23)