Why I throw my hands up when it comes to politics much too often:
"I think the modern man or woman is really left to just look at all the pundits and see who has the most consistent and plausible argument. We're not able to choose between truth and falsity most of the time, so we just have to choose that which is promulgated by people we 'trust' and who are presenting a position which corresponds to some of our values -- internal consistency, fruitfulness, harmony with other beliefs that we have, and some kind of correspondence to what we think the facts are (with the realization that our access to those 'facts' is mediated by previous decisions just like this one)."
--Jonathan Barlow, responding to a post at kottke.org.
(This post prompted by a Friendster bulletin I just received letting me know that Fahrenheit 9/11 is "dishearteningly clear about who's in control and who's not." I wish I felt that kind of certainty sometimes.)