> Pulling a gun in the middle of an argument is not tolerated.
> Physically beating up your opponent in a debate is not tolerated
> at all. So why should verbally abusing your opponent, their
> character, intelligence and so on something that you want to
> leave leeway on? Why is one form of violence introduced in a
> debate more tolerable than any other?
Um, because some of us don't confuse words with violence.
Terms like "verbal abuse" beg the question of whether there
is such a thing, and I happen to think there is not. If you
are harmed by words, that's your problem. But even if we
concede that there might be such a thing, its existence
and definitions are necessarily vague and subjective. One
man's abuse is another man's humor. It is disingenuous to
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