Since I'm writing a lot about democracy lately, let's level the playing field and lay out the ground rules of an open and free democratic debate, for use both on my blog and elsewhere.
In my opinion, we need only two rules:
1. Attacking, challenging or questioning an idea, a concept or a political opinion is always acceptable.
2. Attacking, threatening or discriminating against a person or a group of people is never acceptable.
There you go. It's as simple as that, I say.
But of course, this is an idea or a concept, so anyone who thinks otherwise is welcome to say so. ;-)