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I find that the debate of ideas is vastly improved when contrary views are expressed, and I often see evidence of sloppy thinking on ET. The problem is that the role of "loyal opposition", or token right-winger, is a somewhat thankless one, and nobody lasts too long in it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Aug 1st, 2012 at 04:13:37 AM EST
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I also appreciate the ideological confrontations here, as they sharpen arguments.
Civility is tested, but it's a small price for diversity.  

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2012 at 05:31:32 AM EST
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I always upvote contrary viewpoints that are well argued (indeed if I gave you an upvote it probably means I think you're wrong :).  If we all did that we might prevent groupthink etc.
by njh on Fri Aug 3rd, 2012 at 12:39:38 AM EST
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