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... that you are trying to say something about SpeakEasy by using Mr. Rushdie's words.
Speak up! Make your own voice heard!
and let's toss in the idea that if this is what you believe and agree with (you didn't comment yea or nay, so I'm ASSuming), then you must feel somewhat obligated to become more tolerant of what others say here that "gets up your nose."
I happen to think that the basics of what was said (in particular the part you pasted in your post) is correct. It's not a big stretch to state that us human beans don't usually take exception with and argue about what we agree with.
than my own - however, I truly believe that you have narrowed it down much more than the basic message could truthfully be applied.
I will wait and see what Dan has to say about his meaning. Was it just informational? or was it directed more specifically?
I know I have pointed a finger a time or two. Can't think of any who have posted more than a handful of times here that has not done so on occasion.
in fact, I have always been a firm believer in the importance of learning to disagree "fairly" being just as important as other conversation / social skills.
You really don't get to know someone until you have had a disagreement with him/her. Whether you still like each other afterward is a whole 'nother story
proclaim common sense trick to allude to your opponents lacking it.
I often disagree with Group A. They usually disagree with me. So if I claim to believe in something, by default, they are against it.
You can usually recognize this tactic by the lack of focus of the message (no clear targets or audience), and how accepted the message is.