When debate is worse than silence


As an intersectional feminist on the internet, one of the things I come across fairly often is the accusation that to refuse to debate something, or to withdraw from a debate for any reason, is an admission of failure. It is assumed that to refuse a debate, or to decide to end it before your opponent, means that you tacitly accept that your argument was flawed, and that your opponent ‘wins’, no matter the circumstances or reason for refusal / withdrawal.

This is stupid.

There are many reasons why one would not want to enter into a debate, but one of the main ones is when you can see no merit in it, because the other person’s opinion is so weird and wrong, that to even start a debate, or acknowledge that there is a debate that could be had, gives legitimacy to a position that deserves none.

Richard Dawkins…

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