T. J. Brearton

Democrats are not a monolith; it's a diverse party. It sounds to me like the people who responded to you with nastiness were moderates, or "establishment" and your POV is further left, e.g. democratic socialist.

That said, in the last few months before I quit Twitter, I made a couple of tweets in gainsay to some left-wing talking points, and I was absolutely swamped by the tribe trying to whip me back into shape. Anything I said remotely challenging to the left wing echo chamber branded me a Trump supporter and troll.

So my takeaway from what happened to you is twofold: one, moderates are typically harder to convince about bothsidesism, and two, no matter your position, social media exacerbates tribalism.

Sorry for the hurt your encounter may have caused you.

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I tend to avoid worrying about the things that are supposed to garner likes and clicks and make money because it can become a race to the bottom. But I'm fortunate to be in this position because I already have a career. In answer to your question, my two most popular articles are about determinism (how free will is a myth) and plant-based eating. They probably got traction because they're both controversial subjects, and also that they were published by Medium publications (though one -- Food Love Stories -- has disappeared). Also, the plant-based one in particular was heavily revised before publishing. I tried to be funny and self-effacing, too, since food is such a highly personal matter. Anyway, those are my two cents. Thanks for your article, Mike!

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T. J. Brearton

T. J. Brearton

Father, husband, gardener, best-selling crime fiction author