I would like to extend an invitation to any interested person on this forum who would really like to sink their teeth into a good fight. A very large majority (I would love to say 'all,' but there are always outliers) of the debate threads start off with good intentions but quickly descend into chaos. Points go unaddressed, feelings get hurt, there is no order, and there is generally very little rhyme or reason to the structure of the threads, in general.
So, in light of that, I propose the creation of a few threads that are not the mass conglomerations of opinion and emotion and define most of the threads in this section. In these threads, the discussion would be limited to just two people. Just two. This will insure some measure of order, and the two individuals in question could have a reasonable discussion, the kinds of which I'm sure would be welcomed in this section.
I, of course, offer myself as the man to debate with. Announce your intention to engage me here, we'll hammer out the details, and then we'll just go make our thread. It'll be just you and me, discussing a topic of your choice. If it's something we both agree on, then I will gladly play the part of the opposing force. Just let me know.
Since I am allowing you to pick the topic, I only request a few things:
1) That is actually be something important. I don't care about stuff like sports or cars or pop culture or whatever. I will not engage in intellectual discourse on those topics.
2) That it not be something that is a non-issue. For instance, the discussion of something like 'torture.' Torture's bad. We both agree. Yay. Let's move on. Other examples include things like 'women's rights' or 'religious tolerence.' We all full-well agree that women are equal to men, and that we should all be religiously tolerent. Yay. There's not really a good discussion there, to be had.
3) If it involves Law, in any way, then I may not actually be able to debate over it, depending on what the particular topic is. I know more about some litigious topics than others, and there are some that I know nothing about. Seeing how I'm just doing this for fun in my free time, I'm not really predisposed to learning a large quantity of information about something like divorce law or private bankruptcy law. If you want to talk Constitutional law or bankruptcy law as it pertains to corporations (just as examples), I'm game.
I'm looking for adult discussions with people that can act like adults. If you do not meet these criteria, then please move on. I don't have much to say to you, and you probably wouldn't like what little I had to say, anyway.
So, I'm done. If you are willing to adhere to these rules, then I eagerly await your response to this thread.