Staged an event last night. Thought there were adults present. So we “agreed” a ‘two sentences for your questions’ thing, inspired by this.
I am a muppet. There were several disruptive children present, albeit mostly in their 50s and 60s. They were children in that they needed their ego needs met, badly, and attempted to be “parents” by telling us what was right and real.
And would they respect other people’s time by keeping their questions short? Would they respect other people’s right to ask their own questions by not being completely spherical (i.e. without a discernible point) time-hogs. Would they respect oth…
Would. They. Heck.
So, the suggestions on the table are –
Ten quid deposit for asking your question. You get all the money back if you keep it to two sentences, and you lose a quid for every sentence over the agreed two.
Exclude Trotskyists, who by definition believe their own voices are worth more than anyone else’s…
PS There are, of course, other ideas. Some shall be explored…
PPS Ideal Speech Community? That’d be Habermas.