Personally, I wonder if there is any use in likeminded people engaging in heated debate, unless it is for the sake of academic exercise. But then how heated can something that is purely academic be? How much would there really be to learn, apart from method and debating technique? Some people, once the gain control of an online discussion venue, seek to ban others from there not out of the need for civility, which is more often a charade than a real issue, but because their intellectual insecurity requires it. They need to control the discussion out of their sense of intellectual inferiority. When this characterizes an entire group, the group becomes closed, stagnates and dies on its own after it ceases being relevant. It's sad, but that's called natural selection for online discussion groups. I don't know if it's a matter of being extremist or adapting extremist (aggressive?) tactics in debate. For me, what's important are ethical authenticity and passion.
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