I spent some time over on Minds today, having a bunch of good discussions in general and enjoying myself… except for one. Now this took the most time, it was a debate over several hours and, in retrospect, it was a complete waste of my time.
She started off asking me questions about my views on immigration, since we were in a thread on it. I spent a lot of time going into why I am opposed to illegal immigration and all that and she was clearly a no-borders kind of person. But every time I asked her a question, she would ignore it and keep asking me things. She was obnoxiously nice, to the point of being saccharine sweet, always thanking me for putting up with her and begging forgiveness when she wasn’t fast enough, which I found annoying. But the one thing that bothered me the most was that every time she let something slip and I called her on it, she would say “you’re right, of course” and change the subject. I mean, it isn’t like she has no opinions of her own, she is clearly a crazy libertarian, she let slip natural rights and once I said that was stupid, she agreed and moved on to something else.
I mean honestly, what was the point of it all? She had no interest in expounding on or defending her own views and I don’t think she really cared about mine. She just kept asking questions, as if looking for some point of agreement with her libertarian ideology and not finding any, instead of giving up, she just kept at it for hours. I don’t know if she thought she was going to break me or what.
I wish I could say this is my first encounter with this kind of debate tactic but it isn’t. It’s relatively rare but not unheard of. I just don’t understand it. What’s the point? What are these people hoping to accomplish? Someone, please explain!