“I wanna rub Purell on my brain…”
That’s how I feel after researching this piece. Get excited.
Principles of Productive Discourse, Part 2:
How to argue like a white supremacist
In Part 1 (located on the Return to Reason @Locals page), we briefly discussed the importance the word and concept “no” plays in our relationships. If we can’t give or receive “no” in a relationship, we lose all sincerity, honesty, and relational health. Today, we’re going to look at how identitarians argue, the problems with their rhetorical framework, and how to avoid falling into these traps ourselves.
The technical term for attacking an individual rather than their argument is ad hominem, which is Latin for “to the man.” In other words, you direct your argument at the identity of the person, rather than the content or quality of their ideas. If you’re interested in learning more about this pervasive and caustic rhetorical strategy, I’d recommend ...