Sometimes the most effective counterargument is no argument at all.
Many times I’ve managed to give people pause not by challenging them but instead by agreeing with them and saying “yes, and then what happens?”
Consider the current state of affairs.
We are being told that the path to peace is both banning guns and leaving the borders open to anyone who wants to come in. That being the case, how do we stop guns from coming in with the people?
The police are completely racist and specifically target black men, which is why only the police can be trusted to have firearms.
Similarly, we have to crush anti-homosexual thought, particularly among religious organizations, unless they happen to be Muslim, in which case advocating the death of homosexuals is just part of a vibrant multicultural mosaic that enriches our society.
Women are superior to men in every way, except that they are also constantly held down by a patriarchy which prevents them from succeeding on their own. Only by punishing men and depriving them of their masculinity can the innate superiority of women be realized.
Violence against women is therefore roundly condemned, unless it is done by a Muslim. In that case, condemning it would be racist and Islamophobic.
Of course none of this matters because gender is whatever you want to be. There are no “men” and “women.”
I could go on (and feel free to offer you own takes in the comments), but I think I’ve illustrated the fatal contradictions of current progressive thought. They are so sharply divergent that implementation is impossible.
This has never stopped the left before, but the design margin they have hitherto used is rapidly being exhausted.
Even the Soviet Union understood the differences between men and women. The level of societal change required to implement the new paradise is by definition impossible.
One of the events to watch during this election cycle is how the progressive coalition collapses, just as the conservative coalition already has. The fracture lines are likely to be far deeper with the Democrats because their divisions run in far more ways.
The Republican split is between the leadership and its base. The entire #NeverTrump coalition could likely fit on a single cruise ship (and often does). They may control the money and the political levers of power but numerically they are insignificant. As we have seen, they are also impotent against the populist anger of the base.
The Democrats are far more dispersed. The dwindling white working class is finally realizing that they are getting screwed. The hard-hat unions are hated by the environmentalists and there is no way to square raising wages with importing millions of immigrants.
Here too, a fracture exists between black population which needs good schools and employment opportunity and the open border fetishists who want to replace them with foreigners.
The racial divide is also poisonous, as Asians realize that they are the new Jews and Jews realize that they are now white and hated for their success.
Whereas the GOP split is 99-1, the Dems are split 25-20-15-15-10-10-5, and even those coalitions have internal fracture points.
The Dems may manage to hold together their coalition for another election, but the internal contradictions will at some point splinter it. The center cannot hold.
It may be that their message of racial, gender, and religious grievance will bring them a bare majority, but after that, they will have to turn on each other to bring their plans to fulfillment. When the country reaches 10 percent Muslim, gay rights and feminism will become irrelevant.