"When real people argue about politics with friends and associates, they probably will not formulate new arguments or articulate reasons entirely by themselves as deliberative theory advocates. After all, even those pundits who argue as 'professionals' are mostly rehashing preexisting political arguments. But citizens do need to be skilled at picking among these competing arguments, and at circulating them among themselves, trying them out in informal conversation and discarding those that do not ring true. The marketplace of ideas will not work properly if political elites are the only ones involved."
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