It's shitty, man. I've seen people banned for less and the extremist left viewpoints carelessly tossing around words like bigot and racist as a way to slander people and discredit opposing viewpoints seem imune to any sort of scrutiny. You'll also see people brag about how these threads weed out people who don't necessarily subscribe to these narrow views of it you're not with us 100% than you're against us. It's getting harder to have an actual discussion these days, but I guess that's what a lot of forums have become . Face to face seems to be the best option for this sort of stuff. I don't like how personal attacks and silencing opposing viewpoints are the new norms. I think most can agree extremism on any side is pretty shitty. What happened to balancing the two and being moderate or a left-leaning conservative or right-leaning liberal ?