It was not always like this. In ages past it was possible to have a discussion. The two sides in western countries were not as far apart in the past. Then we entered the current era of hyper offensiveness, political correctness and identity politics. Debate is no longer possible on many subjects and any attempts to talk quickly evolves into a metaphorical fecal matter slinging championship in minutes. Hyper toxicity and personal attacks are methods of our time. The subversion of democracy runs deep.