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Why political debate is frustrating

Why is political debate so frustrating for Socialised Mavericks? It is because they are very justice orientated and objective in their thinking. When they are following an argument they pride themselves on their ability to follow a line of reasoning to it’s logical conclusion. Returning to the argument to explore the exposed flaws to make them right – even if those flaws are their own. The mission is to provide an objective truth that can stand on its own two feet.

Their overriding belief however that working for the greater good brings the best results for everyone, conflicts with the knowledge that there are too many people in power who are more concerned with get the best results for themselves.

Mavericks everywhere love debating. It’s fun, a chance for an intellectual workout. A chance to find out whether your hypothesis is right or not – a change to learn something new.

However, very few people want to debate anymore. The art of debate seems to be no longer valued, and this is extremely frustrating and annoying. So, what is debate?

In debate, opposing arguments are put forward to argue for opposing viewpoints


There are many reasons why political debate is frustrating for mavericks. Firstly there is often a lack of conviction backed up with reasoned argument. It is hard to judge the sincerity of a person when they just say ‘I just think so’, when they are pushed for some deeper meaning for their beliefs. Mavericks value their ability to reason and they do not respect those that cannot defend their argument with object reasoning.

In political debates there does not seem like there is a wish for the truth to be discovered nor for integrity to be established and demonstrated. Socialised Mavericks see debates as a purifying fire.

Your Honour, the courtroom is a crucible. In it we burn away irrelevancies until we are left with a pure product, the truth for all time

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

When you debate you are left with one truth, and during that debate you get to observe the character of your ‘opponent’. Do they ‘play’ dirty? Do they lie? Does their argument have legs? Is it objective and reasonable.

Also political debate these days seem full of tension, half truths and a ‘win at all costs’ attitude; regardless of the long term consequences. This is never good for the country – which ever the country is.

What frustrates the Socialised Maverick is that political debate these days is all about winning and not truth, objectivity or justice for all.

And that’s not a debate – just unsubstantiated opinion.

Judith Germainhttps://www.maverickparadox.co.uk/
Judith Germain is the Founder of the Maverick Paradox and Editor of The Maverick Paradox Magazine and Host of the Maverick Paradox Podcast. She has been defining Mavericks as wilfully independent people since 2005. She equips Maverick Leaders to change the world we work in, and improve their impact and influence. Maverick Leaders can be found running their own business or working within their own. Whilst not everyone has a Maverick personality, you can learn how to be an effective Maverick Leader. This is why Judith enjoys working with maverick leaders and helping organisations develop their leadership cadre. She believes that life is a wonderful game and maverick behaviour when harnessed has the power to change the world into a better place. She is the Author of The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders and the podcast host of The Maverick Paradox Podcast. Judith is a consultant, trainer, mentor, author and speaker. Click the contact us button to find out more.


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