Fundamentals of Debate
One thing that I hate about the 21st century is the fact that some people, yes even on WSO, have 0 understanding of how to have a proper debate that is actually constructive.
Instead, we rely on variety of logical fallacies. It's an endless stream of strawman (I said A, but you argue against B) and false associations (I said A but now you think I'm B, which is completely unrelated to A).
What's worse is that there are all sorts of poor attempts to establish some sort of moral high ground: "Oh you said this, so you must be some heartless bastard." I blame the politicians for that, but the same conversational pattern has trickled down to everyone. Since the world is getting dumber by the day, I'm going to explain to everyone the fundamentals of debate.
1) If you disagree with some point, provide a counter-argument against that very point.
2) Support with solid logic. Provide evidence when applicable.
3) If you notice a logical fallacy, point it out and why it's a fallacy.
WOW what groundbreaking revelations, right? If you ever went to high school in your lifetime, this should be common sense. But why isn't it? I'm fucking sick and tired of people just screaming bunch of horseshit without being able to form proper arguments and opinions.