Those people who think everything is a debate…
probably get off on conflict. Not everyone who shares their opinion is trying to debate someone. And sure, sharing an opinion does invite discussion, but if you think having a discussion means you can argue over semantics or twist their intent to suit your need to belittle others, you’ve probably never participated in an honest discussion.
I notice a lot of those who are trying to engage in discussion often turn it into a debate, and drag in toxic ethnocentric behaviors. Yes, Libertarianism requires principles, but not all principles are going to align with modern Western ones. Libertarianism, a free society, requires restraint on behalf of the individual to function. Without that self-restraint, we are no more than hedonists, as first described by William Belsham in “On Liberty and Necessity”, pages 10-12. That was the original meaning and the first recorded use of the word “libertarian”.
So, a lot of people here thing they can use the principle of freedom of speech and abuse the intent of the NAP and the interpretation of Rothbard and others to also insult, berate, and otherwise disrespect each other unprovoked. That is not Libertarian, that is hedonism. They derive pleasure from telling others how “worng” they are, not actually informing or questioning others on their position or opinion. Also, not everyone is opened to having their opinion changed by discussion, they are blinded by ideology instead of genuinely curious about perspectives and solutions.
Show some restraint, be respectful and tolerant of ignorance. What kind of example do you set when your first reaction to someone who doesn’t know any better is to insult them instead of asking questions on how they came to that conclusion, and offering them information and a different perspective on the issues?
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society