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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 Germain
Judith Germainhttps://www.maverickparadox.co.uk/
Judith Germain is the Leading Authority on Maverick Leadership and has been defining Mavericks as wilfully independent people since 2005. She empowers business owners, leaders, the C-Suite and organisations to thrive in complex, constantly changing environments. She is a consultant, mentor, trainer and speaker. Judith is also the Founder of the Maverick Paradox and Maverick Paradox Media. She is HRZone's Leadership Columnist, a Brainz 500 Influential Leader and author of The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders. Her expert opinion is sought after by national press, radio and trade press. Judith is also Editor of The Maverick Paradox Magazine and Host of the Maverick Paradox Podcast. Do you know how influential you are? Invest 5 mins of your time and take the Scorecard to find out: https://amplify your influence.score app.com Click the contact us button to find out how to hire Judith, or ask her to appear on your show or in your publication.

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