posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 07:40 PM
I found this
the other day, and it is dead on. Over one hundred years ago, Arthur
Schopenhauer outlined the ways in which a person could "win" an argument through any means necessary. Of course. by "win", he meant "shut the
other person up." That's what seems to pass for debate in some circles. Silence the accuser or whistleblower, not with facts, but with
I've seen the accusation often-you're a shill, disinfo agent, etc. It's used to say, "How dare you inject facts or valid questioning into my
paranoid fantasy?" On the other hand, the accusation of "You call everyone who disagrees with you a shill" is becoming way overused as well.
Sometimes a spade is a spade. Spooks do lurk here, and the people hired to promote an agenda.
I don't know if ____ (enter ATS member's name here) is a shill, maybe they're just trying to deny ignorance. But when they use the tactics in this
list over and over again, you have to wonder about them. If they're not getting paid, why are they doing it? What kind of person logs on to ATS many,
many times to debunk/explain something out of the ordinary, for free, and uses poor arguments to do it? Not someone who is right or enjoys honest
debate or pursuit of the truth.
If you like to win arguments with facts, this is not about you, so relax. But keep this list handy. I plan to, not just to watch out for these tactics
being used by others, but to police myself as well.