…claim to be an expert if you’re not one
…provide facts, evidence, and statistics to support your position
But if you trace the trail of breadcrumbs, the deeper truth of it is impossible to ignore. Like global warming, it is not one isolated event, but a series of events that occur over years to create a system that has sought to undermine me, at first as a feminine child, and later as an androgynous transwoman. It is a system of social oppression and diminished opportunities for transpeople that has been employed by capitalism in the US to crush our dreams and our collective spirit.
…use strictly moral or religious claims as support for your argument
Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: “O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation, my vocation is Love!... Yes, I have found my place in the Church, and it is you, O my God, who havegiven me this place... in the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be Love!.... Thus I shall be all things: thus my dream shall be realized!!!”
The Great Barrier Reef: an Obituary
At the age of 35 I was awarded the UK’s Mercury Prize. All the nominees were invited to perform that night. They lifted me from obscurity and celebrated me, setting off a chain of events that changed my life forever.
Antony on BBC4's Loose Ends last year
Yes, my Beloved, I wish to spend my life thus... I have no othermeans of proving my love except by strewing flowers, that is tosay, letting no little sacrifice pass, no look, no word--profiting bythe littlest actions, and doing them out of love. I wish tosuffer out of love and to rejoice out of love; thus I shall strewflowers before your throne. I shall not find one without scattering itspetals before you... and in strewing my flowers I will sing (can oneweep in doing so joyous an action?) I will sing, even if my roses mustbe gathered from among thorns; and the longer and sharper the thorns,the sweeter shall be my song.
baby i'm holding on dear this heart it is a waxwork of echoes
There is an old kung-fu saying which states, "The hand that strikes also blocks", meaning that when you argue it is to your advantage to anticipate your opposition and strike down their arguments within the body of your own paper. This sentiment is echoed in the popular saying, "The best defense is a good offense".