Disagree with me on anything? Wonderful! Once again I am opening up this site for anyone to debate me publicly, right here at this blog, to make your points and show the world how wrong I am.
I’ve done this many times here before and they were always enjoyable. A list of those debates and links to them are at the bottom of this article.
Here’s how the debate works…
Put a comment on this blog post or email me directly (theonlyblackdragon @ gmail.com), and tell me on which topic you would like to debate. You can be ANYONE: a hater, a feminist, a fellow manosphere guy who disagrees with me on something, someone who hates me, someone who loves me, ANYONE. Your topic can be ANYTHING; older guys dating younger women, monogamy, marriage, politics, society, online dating, relationships, economics, finance, lifestyle, ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING is up for grabs. Obviously I will favor topics regarding man/woman relations, since that’s the overall point of this blog, but I will take other topics (politics, etc) into consideration as well.
The only topics I will not allow are the topics that we have already addressed in past debates. These are:
- Whether or not nonmonogamy is good for society.
- Anything regarding complimenting women’s appearance.
- OLTR’s. (I addressed most objections to OLTR here.)
- The affect having kids has on your happiness.
Other than those, any topic is up for grabs!
Once I get enough responses, I will select someone and we’ll debate back-and-forth over email. You can choose who starts. When we’re done, I will copy and paste our emails here on this blog, completely unedited. The readers and commenters will decide who won.
During the email portion of the debate, we will both abide by the following rules:
1. There will be a limit of 1700 characters (including spaces) per response. That means before email me any responses, you’ll have to check your response with lettercount.com to make sure you’re under the 1700 character limit. I will abide by the same limitation.
2. The first person to make an ad hominem personal attack against the other, even an implied one, instantly loses the debate and the other person wins by default. (I will still publicly post the debate in its entirety.) Clearly sarcastic remarks don’t count towards this and are perfectly fine.
(This is how I view debates in real life anyway. When I’m debating an issue with someone, and I state a fact / position / observation backing up my point, and the person responds with “Fuck you” or “You just think you know everything” or “You have issues,” then I know I’ve won. If I was wrong, the person could quickly and easily prove me wrong with facts. But if all he/she has is anger and personal attacks, it pretty much proves I’ve hit the target.)
3. You must stay on topic. Attempting to change the subject is another technique of a debater who knows he’s losing. I’ll do my best to keep you on topic, but if you keep veering off topic, I’ll have to end the debate and declare myself the winner. (I will still publicly post the debate in its entirety.) Again, I will abide by the same limitation.
4. We can’t debate forever, so if the debate seems to be going on and on with no clear resolution, surrender, or compromise, I will end the debate, and we’ll leave it up to the readers and commenters to decide who the winner is.
That’s it! I hereby state publicly that I will adhere to the rules set forth above, and my opponent or the audience are more than welcome to point out if I violate any of my own rules.
Beyond what’s above, I really have no set rules on how the winner is determined. Maybe one of us will surrender. Maybe it will be a tie. Maybe I’ll leave it up to the audience. Other than the above parameters, we’ll play it by ear.
One last thing about this. Contrary to what you might think, I am actually willing to change my mind on strongly-held issues. However, the only way I do that is with facts and cogent points, not emotions, anger, snark, outrage, slogans, name-calling, or nitpicking. Just recently, a few intelligent guys at my other blog changed my mind about patents, for example. It can be done, folks. You just need to lay out your case, back up your points, and stay calm, rational, and factual.
If you’d like to see our past debates we’ve had at this blog, here they are:
Debate 1: Part 1 (Nonmonogamy is good or bad for society?)
Debate 2 (Complimenting women’s appearance?)
Debate 3 (OLTR’s)
Debate 4 (Having kids makes you more or less unhappy?)
Debate 5 (OLTR’s makes it harder to find a quality mate?)
(One side note. I’ve noticed that whenever I ask for guys to debate me, I get a slew of comments from people wanting to debate me on a topic that I don’t actually disagree with. It’s fascinating. I’m curious how many of these comments and emails will appear like that this time around. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about my viewpoints, so this gives me an opportunity to make my views more clear. It’s a little disconcerting that so many people in the audience think I hold views that I don’t actually have. Oh well, such is the internet I guess.)
If you’re a hater, or someone who has always wanted to prove me wrong, or someone who agrees with most of my stuff but has this one issue that you think I’m completely wrong about, now is your moment! Leave a comment below with your topic (or email me) and let’s go!