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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I have some tentative thoughts.

Explaining ideas is useful, but maybe the best thing a person can do is find a way to demonstrate to others why what they do is desirable right now.

If you're limited to explaining, it might be worthwhile to explain important parts of your journey or that of others; those moments along the way when you felt that your capacity to do meaningful things in this world increased because you took on anarchism.

Aside from that, preparing for their cliché questions seems worthwhile, especially if you can prepare answers that overturn their understandings. It is a really pleasant experience for me to have someone crush the wall of thoughtlessness I have had on a subject, and unveil the world of things that there are to learn behind it. If you're lucky, you'll be able to squeeze the life out of their 'argument' with one or two sentences, and that's worthwhile because there's so much to do in terms of building up our world in their heads after that.

If you know of famous radicals that they know of, you can always use them to prop up your arguments. When they get iffy about the idea that you want to abolish prisons, pointing out quickly that there is a long list of people who's names and faces are familiar who felt the same is probably going to help, if only to show that there are people who are taken seriously that have these ideas.

I think aiming to get them to a position where they are interested is generally more useful than aiming to get them to a position where they are convinced. Being prepared with useful reading/watching for them to engage, that appeals to their individual sensibilities, when they ask is probably also worthwhile? I shudder to think of how many people start looking on their own and come across a mess on the internet.

That said, engaging people who are resistant is hard work and I imagine mostly not worth the effort.