And the American Civil War was fought because of political anger could not be channeled constructively through reasonable debate.
So the real alternatives are reasonable debate versus violence.
At the present time, we have a seemingly intractable debate in the United States about gay marriage. As a result, those intellectuals among us who have the intellectual wherewithal to try to advance this debate should try to do so, as the estimable Martha C. Nussbaum has tried to do in her new book FROM DISGUST TO HUMANITY: SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. But it remains to be seen how widely read her book will be.
Regarding the seemingly intractable debate about legalized abortion in the United States, I have published my views about legalized abortion in the first trimester in more than one previously published op-ed piece published at OpEdNews.com.
More recently, I have also published pieces at OpEdNews.com about the spirit of argumentation and debate, and about the need for American education to try to inculcate the spirit of argumentation and debate in students.