Sunday, December 12, 2004

What did I do wrong?

I think I blew it. We had some really good discussion here and very few problems. Suddenly...nothing. I have to assume that it's me. I hope that we can get started again. If any of you who were involved in our first discussion would be willing, please leave a comment or email me at and share with me what I've done wrong and/or what I could do better.

This really bugs me. I'm sorry. Please help me out.


Blogger Samantha said...

Craig, I don't think you did anything wrong at all! I think it is very challenging to attempt what you are trying to do here. You will probably have some stops and starts, but that is to be expected. I have been checking back every day, and I think the last topic just blew itself out, naturally!

One thing I diagree with in your approach, and I think you know this from reading my blog last week, is your request that when making statements about "opposing" beliefs, that they should be "positive". If you mean that we should show that we understand what the person is saying so that we don't misrepresent them, then I think that is good. I also think you are right on to say you don't want personal attacks. But the point of a discussion *defending* a position is to make your point seem as positive (or "right") as possible and your opponent's point as negative (or "wrong") as possible within bounds of intellectual honesty. For example, if someone believes that taxation is theft, how can they speak in positive terms of the socialistic view of redistribution of wealth?

Maybe I misunderstand the ultimate goal of healthy debate, which I have always thought was more than "dialogue", but rather, a search for truth.

Don't give up. Continuum is still quite new. I think enough people participated in the last debate that you should assume it is "working"!

12/13/2004 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Like Samantha said, Continuum needs time to grow. Perhaps issues like abortion have been played out amongst peers and only receive a boost when politicians discuss them. Or maybe the people who have strong opinions would rather fight it out on some problem causing blog. While I would definitely classify myself as socially liberal (although as you know I waver on abortion)I want to learn more about conservatism and especially fiscal conservatism. Unless I already have set ideas, and they don't necessarily have to take a pro or con form, I am more likely to read than to post. Perhaps other people feel the same way? Or maybe because your other blog is called "The Left Ain't Right" people are scared :)

12/13/2004 09:14:00 PM  

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