Conservoid Discussion Rules
These are the rules that conservoids appear to consider fundamental to political discussion, as derived from observation and the occasional direct quote.
- Everyone is entitled to their opinions on all matters, including public policy which affects other people, and it's rude to question the merit of those opinions.
- Everyone is entitled to choose their own facts to support those opinions.
- If you disagree with someone's ideas, you are censoring them. Censoring destroys our right of free speech. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
- It is rude to argue with someone's deeply-held beliefs, and even ruder to show they are wrong. Losing a deeply-held belief can be very distressing.
- Don't fact-police. That's what communists and socialists do.
- If someone's deeply-held beliefs seem to cause harm to others, well, then that's just how the world works. Nothing is perfect.
- It's a dog-eat-dog world, and anyone who pretends to be concerned about other people is just trying to fool you and take your stuff.
- It's rude to quote someone's own words back at them, especially when they apply directly to the discussion. That's twisting them around.
- Claiming that your facts are better than someone else's is elitist.
- Facts are like science: they change all the time, and nobody really knows the answers anyway.
- Don't try to understand what someone means when they state their position; that's trying to read their mind, which is invasive and rude.
- People's words belong to them; quoting their words back later in a discussion is unfair, deceptive, and probably violates their copyright and privacy.
- If someone isn't agreeing with you no matter how many times you have told them the truth, then they don't really want a dialogue.
- There are no absolute truths; everything is relative -- except common sense, which everyone agrees with except liberals and communists.
- The right-of-association means that if you are in a discussion group and other people are disagreeing with you too much, you have a right to complain about them until they are banned.
- Free speech means you always have the right to say whatever you like anywhere you are. Someone else locking their post for any reason is unacceptable if it prevents you from speaking your mind as a free citizen.
- Principles and rules are for lower-quality people to follow, so they know their place. Higher-quality people know how to behave properly without having rules imposed on them.
- "accountability": something bad happening to someone
- "criticism": being mean to someone for no reason
- "outrage": the opposite of happiness
Conservoids hold the following to be logically fallacious and therefore invalid:
- Appeal to logic: logic is subjective, so we can ignore it.
- Appeal to reason: your reasoning is just your opinion, and your opinion isn't important.
- Demand for sources: you won't accept our sources, so we don't have to give them.
- Appeal to evidence: reality has a known liberal bias, and should not be trusted. You need to trust what we say, because your facts are wrong because we say so.
- Criticism of correct beliefs: we said it was true, so that tells you that you should be listening instead of criticizing.
- Randall Jones: «
Here’s a thought.
Everyone has the right to their own opinions.
Having a opinion neither makes you right or wrong.
Mac n cheese is disgusting.
There I said it and that’s my opinion.