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Thursday, June 27, 2013

domination sounds delicious

from Jim MacQuarrie:
There is a species of human out there who thinks that conversations have to have winners, and more importantly, losers. They love political discussions because of the wealth of grist for the mill. They care passionately about their position, but they care a lot more about "shutting up the opposition." They don't want to discuss the subject, they want to defeat an opponent. What you call a conversation is to them a form of jousting. They don't want to convince you or share their views, they aren't interested in hearing other views or learning anything. They don't even want a rousing debate. They want to defeat an opponent. They will use logical fallacies, cherry-picked data, specious arguments, moving goalposts, distortions and misrepresentations, whatever it takes to make the other person concede defeat. Leaving the conversation is such a concession. Getting angry and insulting them is another. It's almost a form of trolling, except that they aren't trying to provoke you to anger. They really think they're engaging in political debate, but what they're really doing is what puppies do- starting a fake fight as a way to assert their dominance.

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