Opinion | How 2020 Changed Our Minds

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Listeners join the hosts to weigh in on the many ways this hellish year made them think differently.
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alice Hey, y'all. This is Alice from Austin. julia allen My name is Julia Allen from Madison, Wisconsin. cindy This is Cindy from Ohio. patrick Hi, I'm Patrick.

michelle goldberg

I'm Michelle Goldberg.

ross douthat

I'm Ross Douthat. And this is "The Argument," 2021. We made it. [MUSIC PLAYING]

liam hannah My name's Liam Hannah, and I'm calling to talk about how I've changed my mind. speaker Have I changed my mind about anything in 2020? I've changed my mind about almost everything I thought I knew before this year happened.

ross douthat

After a most eventful year, we're going to hear from you about what you changed your mind about over the course of 2020. And then we're going to share what we changed our minds about, if anything. I suppose it's possible that we were right about everything all along. [MUSIC PLAYING]

michelle goldberg

Happy New Year, Ross.

ross douthat

Michelle, Happy New Year's. I'm not going to ask you what kind of revelry you engaged in to celebrate the end of what was not actually the worst year in all of human history.

michelle goldberg

But definitely the worst year in my life.

ross douthat

Definitely the worst— yeah. I mean, there was the sixth century, when the sun was blotted out, and the plague of Justinian wiped out, like, half the empire. And we didn't hit that level, but it's good. It's good to have 2020 in the rearview mirror. So we asked our listeners what they changed their minds about this year. And the 2020 election certainly made you rethink some things.

patrick Hi, I'm Patrick. What have I changed my mind on in the last year? Well, before the election, I trusted polls. I thought that 2016 was a fluke, but it was a predictable— it was going to happen eventually. And FiveThirtyEight, in particular, had reassured me that 2016 was within the margin of error, and it wouldn't happen again. And then it happened worse in 2020. And FiveThirtyEight has come out with some excuses for what's…
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