One of the most serious signs of an ailing democracy is the unwillingness of the people to passionately debate important topics, e.g. politics. This is rampant in the South where it’s considered highly disrespectful to debate with people since it involves telling the other person they’re wrong about something. In short, the idea is to avoid spirited discourse because it’s rude.
This is troubling. Also, I find it interesting that debate thrives in the west where the politics are liberal, while debate is highly discouraged in the South where the politics are…anti-liberal.
I actually agree with this, and I think it is those who are more open-minded and thoughtful who can handle these types of challenges to their identity and beliefs. Hence the regional differences in attitudes toward debate.