Progressives LOVE to point out how you’re being “hostile,” “impolite,” and “antagonistic,” when you disagree with their beliefs using rational statements in an attempt to discredit the substance of your argument. This “character assassination” is a common logical fallacy called the “Ad Hominem” fallacy.
Sometimes, it’s linked to “Willful Ignorance,” in that Progressives will espouse “Ad Hominem” attacks to justify why they will ignore other evidence, or use Circular Reasoning (“I cannot agree with that source because it is untrustworthy because it disagrees with me”.)
This is not isolated to just Progressives, and also applies to many “on the right” (ie. Drug War, Foreign Entanglements, etc.).
I see this quite a bit with my own family members as well (for which I will now learn to abstain from discussing matters of substance), and unfortunately, I see this behavior very commonly on Facebook when I attempt to discuss Anti-Statist perspectives.
For me, a rational discussion is the only way by which we can peacefully come to an understanding between two, diametrically opposed views. This is very difficult when the other side continually thwarts productive discussion by throwing in logical fallacies such as, Ad Hominem attacks, Circular Reasoning, and Willful Ignorance.
Let’s look at some definitions of words I used above:
HOSTILE – opposed; unfriendly; antagonistic
IMPOLITE – not having or showing good manners; rude
ANTAGONISTIC – showing or feeling active opposition toward someone or something
By definition, merely “disagreeing” with someone on Facebook has automatically labeled you “impolite” or “hostile.” In Korean circles (and probably many other Asian cultures), disagreeing with your Elders, even with rationale, is considered sacrilegious. Perhaps this comes from the Confucius roots, but damned be “the Truth.” The greater good is “harmony” within the community and not what is actually “True.” By disagreeing with an opinion, and voicing that disagreement, therefore is morally abhorrent and discredits any statements you make.
I’ll make a video that fleshes out these concepts as I’ve seen them in real life both in Korean churches, my personal life, and discussions in politics.