Silencing with “attack”, the misuses of logic, and reclaiming emotion

I’ve been contemplating the buzzword “attack”. While it is worth keeping a lid on egregious, unwarranted, off-topic ad hominem remarks, “personal attack” seems to verge on being a means to shut down dissent in some online discussions. It can function a little like “politically correct” – a taboo word to put the brakes on disagreement. Invoke the ad hominem defence,… Read more →