If you've read Thank You for Arguing, this story will seem familiar. A cop gives you a ticket for going a couple miles an hour over the speed limit. The temptation for sarcasm is awful. What do you do?
The first thing to do in any disagreement is to set your goal. Most people want to win an argument on points, as if a panel of Olympic debate judges will raise scorecards. But to win a deliberative argument, it's best not to try to outscore your opponent. Try instead to get your way.
In this case, you want to get out of a ticket. The secret: be the good citizen the cop wants you to be. Agree with him...tactically. ArgueLab's Christina Fox demonstrates:
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