People labeled "conspiracy theorists" are often portrayed as unstable, unreasonable, and overly argumentative, and theorists themselves often confirm these stereotypes. So, for the good of argumentation everywhere, let's go over some simple ground rules that would be good for anyone trying to argue a point, whether to a friend or to the nation.
This is not about "selling out" and looking like a "suit", this is about looking like someone who knows what they're talking about. There is a reason doctors, lawyers, and other people who handle important things wear a tie and jacket at least. Look back at images of the great thinkers, men and women, of the last century, and chances are, they are wearing suits. And this isn't an issue of wealth. Head to your local Goodwill and spend $10. You'll be doing yourself a favor and giving jobs to people who otherwise wouldn't have them.
Take note of some of the basic no-no's of argumentation, also known as Rhetorical Fallacies:
1. Ad Hominem - Attacking the speaker, not what's being said. Bad people can have good ideas (and vice versa).
2. Strawman - Setting up a dumbed-down version of your opponents argument (constructing a strawman) in order to knock it down easily.
People do not listen to a speaker who insults them. When an individual is verbally deprecated, they will automatically block out any information that comes from the attacker.
Attacking people with different views is no way to succeed against evil in this world. There are no answers now, and only civil dialogue and discussion will lead to usable answers.
Belittling the majority of the population is a tactic used by the Powers-That-Be already. Beware those who belittle others, because they often dream of holding power over others.