The purpose of pretty much any politically tinged debate these days is to demonstrate that the adversary
is incurably death and blind to ‘the facts of the matter,’ and fatally addicted to malice aforethought. The verdict of ill intentions makes the proof of one’s own veracity redundant. Listening to the adversary is strongly un-recommended, empathy with the adversary is a fatal, all but suicidal blunder.
This is from Zygmunt Bauman’s Retrotopia.