How to Argue Like a Boss with Frank Zappa

“We’re talking about words – why are people afraid of words?” – Frank Zappa

In one of the best ’80s episodes of CNN’s Crossfire, we get a good picture of two ways to argue. What appears to start as an open forum about whether the government should censor music turns into three conservatives attacking a fourth conservative – the late Frank Zappa.

Multiple times, they get him off the subject of the Constitution, and into the intentions of the founding fathers, calling his music garbage and filth the whole time. They use “the children” as the cornerstone. Frank doesn’t take the bait. He stays on the subject of words.

Why was the subject up for debate?

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