From Libertarianism.org: “Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.”
In other words, stop setting up straw men, then arguing against them. You will not have won the true argument.
From The New York Times, a debate on the use of the book blurb, including Stephen King, who said,
The idea that a writer can bring his core audience into the tent with a blurb … you might as well try herding cats.
Check out the debate. As for me, I used them on Waiting for Zoë and would do so again.
Update: Frank Wilson says this is dumb and offers this thought:
Try this thought on for size: Reason serves more than one purpose, can be used correctly or incorrectly, even misused. Ever notice you can do a lot of different things with your hands. Well, you can do a lot of different things with reason, too, some useful, some not.
From The New York Times:
For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth. Rationality allowed a solitary thinker to blaze a path to philosophical, moral and scientific enlightenment.
Now some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose: to win arguments…