I. Nobody should be prevented from speaking out.
Everybody has the right
to be heard, to make a statement and to change or retract it.
not evade a question by addressing another issue or by responding to a
question with a question.
Respond to another
person by addressing the issue raised by that person. Do not try
to justify bad behavior by citing other bad behavior (says Bill
make unsubstantiated claims.
Any person making a categorical
statement, asserting one or more facts has the obligation to provide
proof of the truth or validity of the facts asserted.
IV. Do not make a
false statement or advance a false position.
Everybody has the obligation to tell the
V. Do not deliberately
misrepresent any point of view.
Everybody has the obligation to
understand an opposing point of view and to represent it correctly.
VI. Opposition statements
must be acknowledged.
Any person has a right to disagree with
the position(s) and/or statement(s) of any other person.
VII. Always distinguish
between a person and the statement or argument of that person.
All parties have the obligation to
distinguish between a person and the position and/or statements of that
person. Trashing the proponent of a position is a fallacy, an
argumentum ad hominem.
VIII. Do not impute.
No one has the right to impute to
another person beliefs, knowledge, ignorance, feelings, thoughts,
understanding, intentions, positions or any other thing.
IX. Do not use a negative
universal statement in an assertion or in an argument.
Negative universal statements are such
that they generally cannot be proven and therefore cannot legitimately
X. Do not use fallacious
or illogical arguments.
Fallacious or illogical arguments cannot
legitimately be made or accepted. Do not use anger as a tool in an
argument. It is a fallacy, an argumentum ad bacculum.
XI. Do not make
promises you cannot keep.
Do not use polarizing
Polarizing language is destructive of
dialogue and prevents agreements.