Sentences of Enduring Value

If you actually want to persuade folks who haven’t made up their mind already on ideological grounds — that is, the crowd that is open to persuasion –invective won’t cut it. You need real arguments, and you need credibility, and you can get that only by taking arguments seriously and evaluating them on the merits free of insults and abuse. You don’t need to express “outrage” to make the point; in fact, outrage only takes away from it. My approach doesn’t sell a lot of books, I realize, but I think it does get to the bottom of things.

Orin Kerr