Arguing with Friends of Friends on Facebook: Ad Hominems and All

I have these arguments with friends of friends (FoF) on FB. My friends know better. 🙂 I post a typical fairly pessimistic political comment with say three points and some evidence/argument for each. This is what I think is going on….sort of thing. And a FB Friend reposts them.

FoF then replies saying I am talking nonsense or ad hominems me: you are an X. Often their attack is what I perceive as “ideological” aka distorts reality to fit their belief system.

I politely reply, asking for point by point refutation or data to show that what I am saying is indeed nonsense.

FoF shrilly re-asserts the opposite of my points without argument or evidence

I add some more data to support my points.

FoF gets even more upset and denounces me as knowing nothing about history or economics or whatever the topic. And/or calls me an ideologue.

I say I am an historian and economist by training, studied these subjects for 55 years, but say I am quite open to being wrong, often am, can you show me how with argument or data? And that I never distort data on what is, to fit my beliefs.

FoF says I am just playing games

I say actually this “game” is called arguing point counter point with data and argument and has been going on for 5000 or more years that we know of.

FoF: sulky silence or further abuse.

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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