The Theory of Logical Debate.

I’m honestly trying to become more ignorant of current events.  This is to both minimize my anger and not take it out on readers.

And taking a break showed me why my rage is skyrocketing.  There’s no relief valve for pressure because our government has no sympathetic characters.  The Democratic Party is totalitarian.  The Republican Party is mostly totalitarian, with a few–a very few–liberty-loving individuals… 

…who are infuriatingly stupid.  (The exceptions that prove the rule are Paul Ryan and Allen West.  Marco Rubio, by briefly supporting SOPA, showed that he’s susceptible to the Beltway Bubble and will be cheerfully expanding government in a few short years.)

Ryan and West aren’t enragingly stupid.  They’re just stupid.  And by “stupid”, I mean in the pitifully small arena where I claim supremacy:  logical debate.  Detecting, exposing, and destroying fallacious arguments and self-contradictions.

That’s right.  I am the Alex of Argumentation and you…my precious little devotchkas and malchicks…are my “droogs of debate”.

So who’s up for a bit of the ol’ rhetorical ultraviolence?  Gooly to where the dratsing is…The Case of the Catholic Condom Controversy!

(Dropping the Nadsat now.  Dobby?)

How do Obama and the HHS defend their attack on the 1st Amendment?  “Women’s Health!”  How do moron freedom fighters respond?  By citing the First Amendment!  Listen, beloved idiots:  our enemies do not care about the 1st Amendment.  Your first clue?  THEY’RE WIPING THEIR BUTTS WITH IT. 

You know who else I feel like, besides a ruthless sadist?  Casey Stengel. Managing the brand-new NY Mets in 1962, he issued one of history’s most forlorn cries:

Can’t anybody here play this game?

Well?  Can’t anybody here play this game?  If there are any great debaters in the English tongue, they’re not making public appearances.  Take Ann Coulter.  When she’s not mesmerized by Mitt (“Hypno-Toad”) Romney, she’s one of the sharpest commenters out there.  Yet even Ann is only half competent:

This isn’t a Catholic issue or even a religious issue.  Conservatives are falling into the Democrats’ trap by denouncing it as such. It’s a freedom issue.

Ann sees and understands more than most while falling into the same exact trap. She either doesn’t know how to debate or, for some insane reason, refuses to do so.   She fights like a duellist; parry, thrust, riposte.  You can win that way…if your skill is superior…and you have honest opponents…and judges…and the rules are respected. 

Is that the case here?

There is only one proper strategy for debate.  Use it, and you will never lose.  In fact you’ll find that intellectual combat goes something like this physical “fight”:

It’s not a perfect analogy, but it showed the appropriate ruthlessness.  Because here is the Alpha and Omega of debate:

Beat your enemy to death with his own weapon. 

Debate is judo, not swordplay. 

(Tomorrow: we yank Kathleen Sebelius’s weapon away and beat her to death with it!)

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I've accepted that all of you are socially superior to me. But no pretending that any of you are rational.
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5 Responses to The Theory of Logical Debate.

  1. urishkish says:

    You know how to keep the droogs coming back for more.
    I am waiting with baited breath. So hurry up; you know how baited breath stinks up a joint.

  2. defendusa says:

    My other half loves him some Clockwork Orange…and yes, I’m with you. They are wiping their asses with our freedoms. Think about it, or not…name one thing that the government not “into” in your life…complacency has gotten us here and it’s time to tell them no more. NO. MORE.

  3. Edohiguma says:

    “Beat your enemy to death with his own weapon.”

    Na, I rather shoot them in the face with the heavy guns.

    Democrat, Republican, what really is the difference these days? There isn’t much. It’s the same over here. The media talks about a right wing. We have no right wing. The FPÖ and BZÖ are, when dissected, really nothing else but “patriotic socialists”.

    Yeah sure, in our different parliaments the so called representatives go at each other… with words. They all talk. A lot. But behind closed doors? I doubt that they go at each other like that behind closed doors. They come from the same universities, attend the same parties, move around in the same circles.

    There’s a saying in German: “Eine Krähe hackt der anderen kein Auge aus.” (lit. “One crow doesn’t hack out the eye of another”, more fitting is “there’s honor among thieves”). Our so called leaders operate just like that.

    It’s not left vs right. That’s what the media and our so called leaders, together with their “grassroots” stromtrooper brigades want it to look like. It’s the citizens vs the politicians.

    • wormme says:

      Ah, yes…”professional courtesy”. The old saying goes, “one lawyer in a small town will starve to death, but two can make a very nice living”. Then they can go play golf together.

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