As a perennial political thinker and an occasional author, I have been fascinated and amazed by the many dialogues sparked by my recent OpEdNews articles on Machiavelli after I shared them through Facebook groups.
Facebook's impact on American Politics is a positive effect at a time when so much (at all levels of the political realm) is rapidly going negative. This beneficial effect results from reader enthusiasm about a particular article or news items, and also allows many very rapid and virtually unedited exchanges of ideas and news.
The one I will quote below is from the comments on my article in a very lively Facebook group with 3832 members who are cordial to each other, called Intellectual Discussions and was between Michelle Rene and Todd Mason.
This is how civil adults should discuss things in depth, with no hostility and no excessive reliance on buzz words and campaign slogans like "Make America Great Again."
You wouldn't be reading what follows had this discussion not taken place on Facebook in this interesting group.
The trouble is too many people (Trump voters) couldn't even pronounce Machiavelli, let alone spell the word or read the books. If such ability were the norm, thanks to profound investment that might have occurred in education rather than Defense, the world would not be facing the uncertainties and potentially disastrous consequences of a presidency Trump's could prove to be.