Roberts Rules is a good example. Most organizations I’ve been a part of have used a vague framework of Roberts Rules but not the strict by-the-book. But I have experienced meetings in which RR was “weaponized” to shut down dissent. The person or side that knew the rules best won. And I don’t know about nowadays, but when I went to college, studying RR was part of the curriculum. So, college educated people knew the rules and others didn’t. All this to say that what we really want is civility and good will in public discussion. How to get there is always the question. Listening to people concerning why RR feels oppressive to them is part of living civilly.

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