Inspired by this question, I thought of a recent pattern of behavior that I have been falling into that I have been seeking to change. My question is different because it does not pertain to dealing with a group of like minded people.
My significant other and I have similar mindsets, we like to think we are logical thinkers, since we are both in engineering fields. In addition, we both have the same religion and have the same concern for current events and politics.
The only real friction point between us is out world view / political view. More often than not, when we bring up current events it becomes a "I'm right, you're wrong" sort of thing. There really isn't a purpose behind such discussions; sometimes we just find interesting things and tell the other. We want to be persuasive and learn things from each other. Regardless if I bring up some credible articles that I have found, or similar viewpoints from people as the same political party as her, she retreats to her views, and, if I'm being truly honest, I to mine.
For instance, we were talking about the Steel and Aluminum import tariff anouncement made on March 1st. This is more of a trade protectionism versus free-trade issue that isn't clear cut accross the right and the left. I stated that while the intention to help domestic industry is there, a massive infrastructure effort is required to offset the lost raw material from rising prices from imports. She stated it will create jobs. To which I mentioned the fallout of the 2002 tariffs 16 years ago. She said that the tariff could be undone at any time. From there it became more opinionated and we got relatively nowhere. I should have stopped there, but I kept going because I was worried about this action being a repeat of 2002.
Both of us want to have some sort productive discussion and really move forward when it comes to politics. But for me I find it difficult to have a productive discussion when I present statistics on what has happened, or credible articles (i.e. not from conspiracy theorist or clearly partisan sites) and they are just dismissed.
Part of me thinks I'm part of the issue with the way I am presenting information, or even simply bringing up discussion But as much I want to be agreeable, I don't want reality to be trampled on simply becuase it disagrees with an opinion.
How can I be an agreeable person while engaging in productive political discussion?