Intellectual honesty is updating your beliefs based on the evidence. If your beliefs say that something should happen, and it doesn’t happen, you need to figure out why not, or abandon your belief.
One of the best ways to do this is to look back on negative things you used to think about your opponents, and admit you were wrong about some of them. I’ll start, but you should all do your own post:
1. While I still think that a President’s impact on the economy is often overstated, I shouldn’t have ignored the stock market rally under Obama. The stock market doesn’t tell you as much about the economy as unemployment does, but if the stock market is going up, unemployment is probably going to go down soon. That’s what happened. In short, Obama’s actions produced an environment of slow but steady improvement.
2. I thought liberals were basically making up the threat of white supremacy out of whole cloth (especially because the KKK basically doesn’t exist anymore). While I still think they overstate the seriousness of the problem, there are approximately 70,000 people (if you lump the white nationalists, white supremacists, and Neo Nazis all together. I think that’s fair to do). 70,000 isn’t nearly enough people to bring back Jim Crow or usher in any of the Left’s other nightmare scenarios that are supposedly right around the corner. That said, it’s a much higher number than I would have guessed.
3. At the height of Black Lives Matter, I had thought that the entire left side of the political spectrum was being devoured by identity politics. It’s clear that the identity politics totalitarians do own the Democrat Party, but there is a not-insignificant number of liberals who are recognizing the danger they pose. I’m glad to be wrong.
Additionally, here are a few things I never believed, but many conservatives need to admit that they were wrong about:
1. Obama obviously wasn’t following the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
2. Trump won the election, but Obama made no attempt to stay in power.
3. Voter Fraud wasn’t enough to swing the election.
So, are there any beliefs, ideas, or thoughts that you had last year that need to be reevaluated this year? If so, leave some of them in the comments.