Debating is the natural consequence of people having different political views in our society. The debates I am referring to take place around a single topic — gun control, illegal immigration, the Electoral College, you name it — and are contests of facts, not which “values” you possess. They take place in both formal setting (like competitive or parliamentary debate), and casual setting (like arguments with your friends or family). I have taken part in both types, and have found it to be a very important — yet fundamentally flawed—activity. Let me explain.

At the end of the day, debate…

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